Jews In Sports: Exhibit Page @ Virtual Museum


Harold U. Ribalow and Meir Z. Ribalow
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Jewish Baseball Stars

couldn't very well break in with the great Frisch on the team. Andy, at this point, showed a lot of common sense. He showed himself willing to go to the minors to gain experience. Many players would have remained with the parent club, but Andy was looking for work, not obscurity. So he chose Buffalo, while Frisch and then Hornsby covered second for the Giants.

Andy never regretted the decision he made. With the Bisons he was a star and one of the most popular men on the club. He showed his appreciation by hitting .353. In 1928, the next season, Andy started the season at second for the Giants.

While at his peak, Andy told reporters that he had three handicaps to overcome before attaining his post as Giant second baseman. First, he said, was his name. "It is hard for fans to believe that a guy named Cohen can play ball," he said. He admitted that this sometimes made him sore. But he overcame this attitude as well as what he called his second "handicap," his "Jewish nose." Although there is no "Jewish nose" just as there is no "Jewish face" or

"Jewish blood," baseball players made it fairly rough for Andy. But he finally overcame this attitude, too. He could not hurdle the third handicap: that of succeeding a great player.

In a friendly and detailed letter to me,* Andy Cohen discussed the anti-Jewish attitude in baseball. This is what he wrote:

"I was treated by fans and other players just as any other player. Good plays were cheered and bad ones jeered. At first the going was tough. I remember reading some years