Posted by: cedarsurf | March 5, 2010

The Jew in American Sports

(Grant Shilling)

In this photo I hold the long out of print (1948), The Jew in American Sports, which profiles “Twenty eight of the greatest Jewish sports stars in America.” The book features a thoughtful introduction written by Barney Ross, former lightweight and welterweight champion (see link for great fight footage of Ross) of the world. In his introduction Ross expresses doubts and reservations about the need for the making of such a book. Barney feels that “singling out one particular group, social religious or even fraternal… seemed a chauvinistic indulgence.’ He concludes however “That the book is an important record of American athletes who had an even harder struggle than usual …because they were Jews.”

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