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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ben-Gedalyahu: Farewell to Jewish Baseball Legend Al Rosen

May his memory be for a blessing.

Al Rosen, the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1953, died at his home in California on Friday at age 91.

The former third baseman for the Cleveland Indians also was president of the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants.

He also was proud to be a Jew, and he refused to play on the High Holy Days.

Rosen was born in South Carolina and moved to Miami at a very young age. He was known to be proud of being a Jew and when Ed Sullivan once suggested that Rosen’s habit of drawing a “cross” in the dirt with his bat indicated he might be a Catholic, Rosen said the “cross” was an “x” and demanded that Sullivan retract his comment.

An on-the-field incident almost ended with a fight when a player for an opposing team called him a “Jew bastard.” Rosen immediately challenged him to a fight, and the player backed down.

Hank Greenberg, another Jewish baseball legend, once said that Rosen “want[ed] to go into the stands and murder” fans who hurled anti-Semitic insults at him.

Rosen said in a 2010 documentary on Jews and baseball, Rosen said, “There’s a time that you let it be known that enough is enough. . . . You flatten [them].”

Also, see Paul Hoynes: http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2015/03/cleveland_indians_great_al_ros.html

JE (Jason) Posted: March 15, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-semitism, indians, rip

Saturday, February 14, 2015

ESPN: Fate Of Ernie Banks’ Remains Disputed

Not as bad as Ted Williams’ fate. Yet.

Ernie Banks, the beloved Cubs great who once said he wanted to have his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field, is at the center of a battle over his remains, as his estranged wife has gone to court to prevent a longtime friend of “Mr. Cub” from having his remains cremated. .  .  . According to court records, Elizabeth Banks filed a petition to prevent a woman who describes herself in the documents as a longtime friend of Ernie Banks, his caretaker and the executor of his estate from having him cremated. The woman, Regina Rice, asserted her rights to dispose of Ernie Banks’ remains after his death last month at the age of 83, according to documents filed Feb. 2 by Elizabeth Banks’ attorneys. “Petitioner (Elizabeth Banks) is without recourse and shall suffer irreparable damage should Regina’s desires to cremate the remains of the decedent be granted,” she wrote.
.  .  .
The documents are included in what is a larger dispute over control of the Banks estate. Included in the file are documents in which Rice claims Ernie Banks was attempting to end his marriage to Elizabeth Banks, his fourth wife. The documents include a petition for divorce, signed by Ernie Banks, in which the Hall of Famer seeks to end his marriage because “irreconcilable differences have caused irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” and that Elizabeth Banks had “committed extreme and repeated acts of mental cruelty upon petitioner (Ernie Banks).”

A document titled “Last Will and Testament” and signed by Ernie Banks on Oct. 17 of last year says he was “in the process of finalizing divorce” from his wife and that he had appointed Rice as the executor of his will. Nowhere does Banks discuss what he wants done with his remains. The dispute appears to be far from over. The attorney for Elizabeth Banks at one point argues against the validity of the will, saying only that it was “allegedly signed” by Ernie Banks.

At least no one is contending Ernie wanted to be buried on a rooftop overlooking Wrigley Field.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 14, 2015 at 12:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, death, ernie banks, fights, final call, lawsuits, legal, rip, wrigley field

 

 

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