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HERITAGE, FI0ricla Jewish News. May Z3. 1980 _. page_]] Wins Jewish Softball League; R E E-- All-Star Team Sunday  OIL,0,0 CHANGE0,, w., -.,v & LOBE ,essmen's JBBA. with good hitting b the JBBA w,.. meet the JCC. J,.my Haber and A. |. ---... SUN ELECTRONIC . tion were Chuck Gordon, Norm Levin o,,00,or t00om De. 'rom ,oo I X O N E. O v Jewish com- and Fred Conley. and two Sun.. May 25. I I a.m., at the Robinson and Steve Bern- I league tremendous fielding catches JCCdiamond baum from GORFTY and a closegame by Mark Rabinowitz, still Todd Lefkowitz and Hal Arost team last claimed thevictory. This year's all-star team from Young Singles. in a 9-6 win JBBA will receive a team includes Dennis Drazin and trophy which will be handed Jules Steinberg from Ohev's Pitchers will be StaR Harris team. Larry Roth and Steve from the JCC team and Ray hitting by down each season to the Coenson from Templelsrael, Berlinger from Liberal. Bembaum League's winners. Gary Sabin and Harvey Roth "Coach of the Year," who will play by The trophy,will be kept in from Liberal, Randy Gross- also be coach oftheall-stars, is squad, the JCC's display case. berg and Terry Hyman from Don Sabin of Liberal. Out to the Ball Game' a Jew in the Major Le,00lgues Cohen you which bubble gum printed in panese and !in the two the say Ted Mantle, or caliber. that the :laims that other than name of FORMER Chicago Cubs second base. man, Cy Block. the Majors, LJbs One of the salesmen Annually Cy of dollars but revels n the world. /n-born boy [y's High majors. Cy looked at me and askance and said, "Are you basketball kidding? Every Jewish ball was. at that and player has run into anti- Semitism, anti-Semitic one of the remarks by opposing players in the and all types of prejudice." area. We're "1 remember when I broke in with Paragoutd, Arkansas. in the Class D League in the that he Southmidwest. my first game e offers, was against the Jonesboro. 'Pro ball and Arkansas team. in the same league, away. Do you know Slow process what the headline in the Block Jonesboro paper read the day p gradually we started the season? 'Come to Class B See the Jewish Second Baseman." Can you imagine how I felt when I saw this memories, headline across the top of the will be Jonesboro daily newspaperT' 14 when he Old Timers "Haskell. t don't know how at Wrigley to begin to tell you this, but to begin with almost all Jewish ball players, and I've spoken to Urprised that Hank Greenberg and every big among the one from Hank down or up, ib because in chronologically, who were man alive in my time and they told Herman me that they were the butt of .'s been told anti-Semitic jibes, remarks be starting and obscenities. begin afle ' ..:; a ton of " "Oeofthesituationswhich the ,walls of 'tand out in rny mind still is at wrigley very vivid. I recall when I was playing with Macon, Georgia in the Class B League and rny be my teammate at shortstop was nd over the Eddie Stankey. who ultirnately very went up to the Major Leagues "tive in the with the Brooklyn Dodgers, as Sports for you know. upcoming in 1981 "Eddie is still coaching college ball. I guess, in the south. Eddie is quite a guy and r honors had a lot of guts. I was the "Y is the second baseman ontheteam the Year and remember we were B'rith playing against Augusta. a New York traditional rival in that league. to Block "'I won't mention the name 18. of the player involved since he develop- ultimately went- up to the baseball Majors and did perform with of the the New York Yankees. The play was set tip so that he came dashinq around first on ree in a long ball hil Io righl field and I . covered second base. "He had to slide and in doing so he just caught my chest with his spikes. To this day. I don't know how I avoided being mangled. What happened was he slashed my uniform to shreds without drawing any blood. Naturally I was madder than a hornet and could have killed him right then and there. "Stankey came over to me and said 'Hey Cy. If you want me to get this guy, I'll get him the next time around." 'No Eddie. let me take him. rll get him the next time around.' How can we help you? LETTERHEADS ENVELOPES RESUMES BUSINESS CARDS INVOICES NCR FORMS FLYERS BROCHURES SCORE FOLD STAPLE COLLATE PAD STITCH CUT & TRIM PERFORATE ... to name a few ways! Our services are many, so give usa call. Al't5. Ill!Ill My/OIl ,'q I/li,|l tt|e CdS,'Ib!IIV Post Offlc( " LIVE OAKS CENTER Casselberry. FI 331-1001 "As it happened, this particular player, an infielder, on his next turn at bat reached first on a walk and then came charging down to second base on an attempted steal. I got the ball and planted it squarely in his mouth, knocking out six teeth. He then wasn't in too much of a position to call me a Jew bastard as was his wont." The funny thing about the whole affair is that Cy Block is one of the mildest mannered men you ever want to run into. He has a perpetual smile on his face and is the first one to break into laughter when even a silly joke is told by a crony. Life has been very good to this former Major Leaguer and honors due him are coming to him. rm pleased, as a long- time friend, to learn that the Chicago Cubs still think enough of him to invite him back to play in an Old Timers game when there are still so many other former players available. It's indeed a great honor, but it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. /- ,i.  CAMPING & SCHOOL SUPPLIES Trunks. lockers, blankets, tents. sleeping bags. rainwear, boots. jackets, thermals, fatigues, overalls, painter pants, jeans. 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