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Jews and Black Baseball, March 21

Join us at the NYU Bookstore on Wednesday, March 21, for another event in our Revealer Reading Series:

March, 21 2012 | 5:00 – 6:30pm

726 Broadway, New York

THE REVEALER READING SERIES

Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (2011, Oxford)

REBECCA ALPERT (Temple University) will read from her new book which explores how Jewish sports entrepreneurs, political radicals, and a team of black Jews from Belleville, Virginia called the Belleville Grays–the only Jewish team in the history of black baseball–made their mark on the segregated world of the Negro Leagues.

Respondent: JUDITH WEISENFELD (Princeton University).

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The House of David

An excerpt from Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Rebecca Alpert, from Chapter Four, The Conflict over Baseball Comedy.

A few independent white baseball teams also clowned and relied on novelty to gain bookings. The best known of these teams was the House of David. The team originated in 1916 within the Israelite House of David messianic Christian group based in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Like the only black Jewish team, the Belleville Grays, the House of David team began as a recreational activity for the community. They played well, and began to send out a touring team in 1919. The colony split in the 1930s, and both groups continued to promote traveling baseball teams, one of which continued through the 1950s. Many members of the community played, but they also welcomed outsiders, including major league baseball stars like Grover Cleveland Alexander and the female star Babe Didrikson, who was a well-known athlete in golf, basketball, and track and field. There were also many imitation House of David teams, including the Havana Cuban House of David organized by Jewish entrepreneur Syd Pollock. The original House of David once tried to take the imposters to court to protect their name, but there were simply too many imitators. Continue Reading →

Hello Daily Links

Whattayaknow?! Mormons handle money differently than the rest of us. Same with the Mennonites, and the Jews.

Is the Fall true or just factual?  Or both?  And what does that mean for Catholicism? Or, as the always witty @danielsilliman asked via twitter, in response to this, aliens?

Charisma confuses mission work in North Korea with human rights work.  Yes, freedom of conscience should be a human right, but just dropping Christian flyers into North Korea isn’t really human rights work, folks.

Country music star Collin Raye is the new national spokesperson for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.

Birth panels:  Conservative Catholic groups dissatisfied with the rigor of the conscience clauses in the Obama Administration’s health care bill are organizing to support Jeff Fortenberry’s “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.”  It would “permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan.”  It would expand denominational health care nationally, prohibiting patients from receiving the full range of medically sound treatments (or meaningful referrals, or informed consent) at denominational hospitals.  Four of the top 10 HMOs in the US, by the way, are Catholic.

Celebrate Yom Kippur with all the dirty hippies in Zuccotti Park tomorrow night.

Everybody’s hating on Jim Wallis and Evangelicals.  Here’s why.  (They’ve apparently forgotten what persecution does for him!)

Some good #OWS Links:  Metamovement.  Blame yourself. Is America. Everything. Continue Reading →

Religion Doesn’t Always Work for Mammon

Ruben Sanchez: Religion Clause recently informed us of a court ruling that states that the United Postal Service (USPS) does not need to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist employee’s request to have every Saturday off. The 8th Circuit held that if Saturday leave were granted, such a demand, made under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, would impose an undue hardship on the company, violate its collective bargaining agreement, or challenge its seniority system.” Continue Reading →

Religion Doesn’t Always Work for Mammon

Ruben Sanchez: Religion Clause recently informed us of a court ruling that states that the United Postal Service (USPS) does not need to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist employee’s request to have every Saturday off. The 8th Circuit held that if Saturday leave were granted, such a demand, made under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, would impose an undue hardship on the company, violate its collective bargaining agreement, or challenge its seniority system.” Continue Reading →