About Jewish Major Leaguers
Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. is a Boston-based not-for-profit organization with a mission to "...document American Jews in America's Game."
Our work builds on the pioneering research of the Jewish Sports Review, Total Baseball, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. These organizations have, in turn, acknowledged their own debts to a dedicated band of individual researchers including Bernard Postal, Jesse and Roy Silver, David Spaner, Robert Greenberg, Neil Keller, and Peter and Joachim Horvitz. We're honored to follow modestly in their footsteps.
Our first project was "American Jews in America's Game", a commemorative set of baseball cards, printed in 2003 by Fleer Trading Cards for The American Jewish Historical Society. This set documented the 142 American Jews who had played major-league baseball from the 1870s to the 2003 All-Star break. Thirty-three of these players had never appeared on a commercially distributed baseball card, and another nine appeared on cards only as minor-leaguers. This Edition of 15,000 sets is now sold out and a collector's item.
Our second project was our Hall of Fame Weekend in August of 2004. The event brought together players, scholars, and fans, and received national press attention.
The Hall of Fame event and subsequent speaking dates told us that fans and scholars and gift-givers wanted the research to continue, so we have produced six subsequent editions: "Update" sets in 2006 and 2007, and "themed" sets in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014. The 2008 set highlighted Hank Greenberg, and led to a Hall of Fame celebration, which we produced. The 2009 Edition focused on "Record-Setters", along with cards of all current players. All four editions were produced in association with the American Jewish Historical Society, printed by the Upper Deck Company, and licensed by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Our sixth, the 2010 "Deck of the Decade", includes all Jewish players from 2000-2009, along with highlights of the decade. Our most recent set is the 2014 Update Edition, covering the 2010-2013 seasons. We were honored and grateful to have these set produced for us at cost by The Topps Company.
Other Baseball history work:We have conducted or located more than 25 oral history interviews of former Jewish Major Leaguers, and have made all transcripts available to the Hall of Fame and the Society for American Baseball Research ( "SABR"). These interviews formed the core of "Jewish Major Leaguers In Their Own Words", an oral history volume published by McFarland Press.
Martin Abramowitz, our part-time President, CEO and file-clerk is available on a selective basis for "road-trip" presentations to groups with an interest in Jews in Baseball.Bnai Brith has called Martin "America's custodian of Jewish baseball memory." In "real life", Martin previously held Jewish communal professional leadership positions in Jerusalem, Montreal and Boston. He holds a Doctorate in Social Welfare from Brandeis Univeristy. Martin is father of four and grandfather to eight.
A New York native, he insist there is no truth to the Baltimore Sun's allegation that he is "...a Yankee fan living undercover in Red Sox Nation."