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To Ebbets FieldSport and the American-Jewish Experience$
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Peter Levine

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195085556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085556.001.0001

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Cohen at the Bat

Cohen at the Bat

(p.100) 6 Cohen at the Bat
To Ebbets Field

Peter Levine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the professional baseball career of Jewish American Andy Cohen in the U.S. It explains that none of Cohen's childhood sports heroes were Jewish and that not until Cohen himself received national attention as the first prominent Jewish major leaguer did Jewish fans proudly identify with Jewish major leaguers as symbols of their own struggle for American acceptance. Before 1900, only occasionally did a Jewish ballplayer appear on the roster of a major-league club and between 1900 and 1930, an average of four Jewish ballplayers made it to the majors each year. Aside from Cohen, other prominent Jewish baseball players include Silent George Stone, Johnny Kling and Phil Cooney.

Keywords:   Jewish American, Andy Cohen, baseball, U.S, Silent George Stone, Johnny Kling, Phil Cooney

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