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  • SubGenre:Baseball / History
  • Language:English
  • Pages:372
  • eBook ISBN:9781667868639
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667868622

Sid Gordon An American Baseball Story

A Jewish Boys Journey from the Brooklyn Sandlots to Major League Baseball

by Steven D. Cahn

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Sid Gordon, An American Baseball Story, is the compelling history of the son of Jewish immigrants, and his efforts to make it to the highest levels of professional baseball. Gordon's story is not unlike the stories of so many American families; Jewish, Irish, Italian, and so many others, caught up in the most turbulent period in American history. He grew up on the streets of Brooklyn during the Great Depression, and had to fight off and withstand Anti-Semitism as he struggled to earn himself a place in professional baseball. This was truly the greatest era of the game, and Gordon not only made it to the majors, he was a two-time All-Star, and one of the best players in the league. There are many books written about the star players of the game. This book, however, is more than just a story about baseball, and Gordon's story is not limited to the years he played ball. What is unique about "Sid Gordon, An American Baseball Story," are Gordon's contributions off the field. Gordon played a critical, but yet untold role, in the integration of the game an the fight to end discrimination in our society. While Gordon played the game nearly seventy-five years ago, the lessons of his life remain relevant today, not only in sports, but in American society.
Sid Gordon was a Brooklyn kid who learned his craft on the local sandlots. He grew up in the shadows of Ebbets Field, however, began his career with the Giants in 1941. Baseball during the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the critical post war years is a story of the contributions of immigrants, selfless patriots, and the heroes of the game of baseball. Mark Twain once called baseball "the very symbol of America." The game has produced many of Americas greatest heroes. There are, however, stories of great men not in the Hall of Fame, who also made tremendous contributions to baseball, and American society. Sid Gordon is an important and untold part of this story. You may think you know baseball, and the history of the game, but I assure you there are stories you have never heard, until you read the history of this great player. Gordon played alongside the greatest players of the game and was a two-time all-star. He once hit two home runs in one inning and four grand slams in a season. From 1948 to 1953 he was one of the best players in the league. He has a higher career on-base-percentage than Pete Rose, and even Albert Pujols. Remarkably, he has a better lifetime fielding percentage in the outfield than both Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays. Leo Durocher said of Gordon, he was "the type of guy he wanted at the plate with an important run waiting at third." While this is a book about baseball, Gordon's real contributions were outside of the ball parks. As a Jewish ball player in the 1940'sand 50's he was the target of harassment and discrimination, and as a result, often teaming up with Jackie Robinson, he was a leader in the movement to create a brotherhood through sports. Al Abrams, the Sports Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote in 1954, "Despite his quite mannerisms, Gordon is a commanding figure respected by his teammates and rival players." The Story of Sid Gordon is much more than a baseball story, it part of the great American story and a must read for any fan.
About the author
Steven D. Cahn is an attorney practicing trial law in Edison, N.J. He is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Steve graduated from Rutgers University where he studied political science and history. He earned a law degree from Widener Universities' Delaware Law School. He was a member of the Governor's Council on Sports and Recreation and is currently a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. While this is his first book, he has written thousands of legal documents and has several published articles on employment law, the focus of his law practice. .

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