When Robert Wechsler decided to publish a coffee table book about Jewish ball players and their old baseball trading cards, a dream was born. Now the book is in print and here it is.
I first met Bob online during some email chats in 2015 when he was trying to find out the name of the artist who painted the portraits on the 1952 Topps baseball cards (it was Maurice Blumenfeld). He told me then he was working on “The Jewish Baseball Card Book.” It is now available on Amazon for about US$50 and in a footnote, the handsomely-produced coffee table book was printed in China and then shipped by “a slow boat from China” to the USA.
The book is illustrated with 698 cards depicting the 169 Jewish major-league players through 2016, Wechsler recently told me in an update.
“It’s an elegant book,” says baseball author and former New York Yankees executive Marty Appel. “Talmudic scholars and barstool fantasy players, have fun!”
The book was designed by Peter McDonald, and it includes images of cards of players as well as non-playing personnel such as Jewish umpires, team owners, general managers and broadcasters. Wechsler says that the book would make nice gifts for bar mitzvahs, bas mitzvahs, Hannukah and for a Father’s Day or Mother’s Day gift.