About the book

Behind every great sports story is an equally fascinating human interest story. In Out of Left Field, Rebecca Alpert follows the trail of intertwined histories that link the African-American and Jewish-American cultures across the one field that unites all Americans—the baseball field. What she found was a story that confounds expectations and turns racial and ethnic preconceptions on their heads. “Jewish” businessmen who weren’t in fact Jewish, black players who were practicing Jews, and a profound solidarity between two ethnicities whose common history of oppression and diaspora put them on the “same team.”

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