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ifriifay. March 29, 1940
Rfcll JEWS IN I
SPORTS
I iy Morris Weiner
Vnimff Stanley Schwed. . .A New
Jewish Baseball Star
From Hollywood Boulevard to
the Polo Grounds, debut of young
Andy Cohen, the Giants’ second
baseman of some years back, Is
still recalled. For it was on a sun
ny afternoon back in 1928 that
t be old master John J. McGraw
offered the baseball fans of Amer
ica a Jewish lad in the hot spot
that had been occupied by the
colorful, razzle-dazzle but aged
Rogers Hornsby.
You old-timers will undoubtedly
recall the relentless search John
j. carried on for a good Jewish
star. The astute pilot from County
Cork saw a trend in baseball with
his eyes and had translated it
with his mind. He saw Jews in
impressive numbers pouring into
his own park; saw them turning
out as steady customers wherever
the game was played. He tried
Benny Kauff, but lost his Hebrew
hops a few years after that slug
ging outfielder joined his Giants,
and then came up with a great
natural hitter in Moses Solomon
but had to turn him down eventu-
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But McGraw continued the hunt
for a Jewish player, convinced
that a real star would be worth
his weight in gold.
And then came Andy Cohen. The
kid was a graduate of the Univer
sity of Alabama and had been a
crackerjack collegiate competitor.
Remember, too, that we spoke
about his debut at the Polo
Grounds. Because of this impend
ing debut, the nation was divided
on April 11, 1928, more so than
at the outbreak of the war be
tween the States. To add fuel to
the fire, the Giants were to open
against the Browns, who had pur
chased the colorful Hornsby and
who were using the star second
sacker at his favorite spot against
the tyro, Andy Cohen. The day
was all Andy Cohen’s. Jews and
Gentiles alike carried Andy off the
field on their shoulders for the
young Jewish Lochinvar had de
livered three hits to Hornsby’s
one scrtach single. Moreover, Co
hen had scored the first run of
the season, had a hand in four of
the five runs the Giants had scored
and had played a perfect game in
the field.
McGraw hailed Cohen as the
greatest Jewish ball player of
all time after that opening game.
But alas, Andy Cohen was just a
morning glory. He slumped at the
plate and fizzled in the field. He
was benched in mid-season and
sold down the river to the minors
at the winter-trades. McGraw was
bitterly disappointed and the Jew
ish baseball fans heartbroken. But
one thing was certain. Cohen’s de
but would never be forgotten.
When John J. passed on, his
managerial mantle was draped
around the shoulders of Bill Ter
ry, the current pilot of the Giants.
Terry had long been impressed by
McGraw’s desire for a good Jew
ish star on the club and he ob
tained a youngster from the Pa
cific Coast in the person of Harry
Danning. Carefully groomed, Dan
ning stepped up to the Varstiy
some three years ago and has
made good. W'hat is more, the box
office records prove it. Jewish fans
have flocked to the Polo Grounds
in droves. Other managers came to
realize what McGraw had meant—
Result—Greenberg on the Tigers,
Hershberger in Cincinnati, Myer
with Washington, Amovich with
Philadelphia. There have been oth
ers but these are outstanding.
Enter Stanley Schwed. . .
Bill Terry knows well enough
that Andy Cohen never became the
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star his inaugural promised but
he remembers, too, that in his
fleeting hour Andy was as idol
ized as any ball player who ever
wore a Giant uniform. So it’s with
this thought in mind and with the
thought of future success that
Terry is giving plenty of attention
down in the Southlands to another
young Jewish boy—a kid from the
big city named Stanley Schwed.
“He’s a better prospect than
Cohen ever was,” Terry remarked
when he learned the lad was of the
Hebrew faith, and went on to add
that he thought Schwed, who had
attended the High School of Com
merce in N.Y.C. and played semi
pro baseball and had an excellent
chance of becoming a regular sec
ond baseman. (And our scouts
down in the sun-drenched climes
have informed us that the kid
has a natural side-arm throw,
covers a deal of ground and knows
how to make plays at the key
stone. For a kid of twenty, they
add, he is a husky lad, covering
his five-feet-nine-inches with 160
pounds.
Closer checking reveals that
Winter Haven, Florida, is not the
first place Terry has seen young
Schwed. The kid tried out several
times at the Polo Grounds. That
was when he was working in his
uncle’s shop selling ladies’ coats.
His uncle generously gave him
time off because he wanted to see
the young man prosper as a base
ball player. Finally Stanley
thought he was taking advantage
of his kin and decided he would
have as much money as he could
and, in one grand fling, show Ter
ry what he could do right down
there in Florida where a mana
ger’s eyes are always roving the
lot for likely youngsters. The kid
paid his own bus fare, rented a
room and contracted to get his
meals. Then he went to the park,
got a uniform and started to work
as soon as Terry reached there.
It turned out to be more than
a mere profitable investment. He
got into better condition to play
here than he ever had been when
he was dividing his time between
selling apparel to the ladies and
selling himself to Terry and Pan
cho Snyder at the Polo Grounds.
The players, too, are more in
terested in him down there. Bur
gess Whitehead has given him
several valuable tips on how to
play second and Herschel Bobo
and John Heving, minor league
managers have taken him aside
and shown him his faults. Finally,
Bill Terry noticed him, put him in
a game with the pitchers and the
catchers and remarked that
Schwed was a ball player to watch.
Said Terry, “One or two years in
the minors and I think we’ll have
a youngster who’ll outclass the
debut made by Andy Cohen.”
We’re expecting an Air-Mail
special from young Stanley
Schwed informing us of the an
nouncement Terry has made con
cerning the minor league club
to which he is sending the young
man for his apprentice work. In
all events, it’s fairly definite, it
will not be back to his uncle’s
clothes shop.
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An Appeal to God!
(Continued from Page Three)
Once in the presence of God
I began forthwith as follows: God
of my forefathers and of their
forefathers before them, why do
you permit the extermination of
the people of Israel ? I come to you
not merely with prayers, not
merely with tears and lamenta
tion, I bring you a token—a hand
of a Jew who once lived in peace
and happiness in a place called
Wieliczka. This hand was cut off
by! the bestial Nazi murderers be
cause its owner belonged to the
blood of Israel. I bring you also
the souls of many parents who
compelled by the Nazi Torque
madas to dig graves for their own
children while these were still
alive, and the souls of those Jew
ish daughters who died or com
mitted suicide rather than sub
mit to the violence of the Nazi
gangsters.
Why do you not cause heaven
and earth to tremble, God, at the
sight of these unspeakable crimes
and evils that are visited upon
the innocent children of Israel?
Why do you not stay the hand of
the murderer? Why do you not
put kindness and goodness and the
spirit of mercy and justice in the
hearts of people so that they may
cease these evils? And why, Oh
God, do you not arouse those
children of Israel who live in the
more peaceful parts of the world,
as America, to a sense of their
responsibility toward their af
flicted brthren in Poland and other
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