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Jewish Baseball Stars

- and continued to play well. As a private citizen, he saw to it that his children received a Jewish education and he himself helped the Jewish Education Committee and other Jewish groups whenever he could, by lending his name to their projects.

On June 18, 1975, Sid Gordon, then an insurance underwriter, was playing softball in New York's Central Park. He collapsed on the field with a heart attack, and died before he could reach a hospital. His passing evoked a flood of admiring praise from sportswriters and ballplayers who had known and admired Sid.

"He was THE Jewish athlete in New York City," wrote John Piesen of the New York Post in an article entitled: "Sid Gordon: Always a Giant." Many others recalled the slugger's lifetime .283 average, his thirteen-homer contribution to the 1947 Giants' then major league record total of two hundred and twenty one, and his versatility in playing the infield, the outfield, and even catching for the Giants.

But most of all they remembered a fine ball player who was an equally fine human being. Sid Gordon was the consummate professional, willing to play anywhere that would help the team, and do anything that had to be done so long as he was able to play baseball.

After he had traded Gordon to the Braves, Horace Stoneham, Giant owner, told Sid that "it broke my heart to let you go. There are certain guys I like to have around me and you're one of them." His sentiments were echoed by almost everyone who knew Sid Gordon, one of the most admired ball players of his day.