For many, sports open the door to the American dream. Regardless of the specific game, it is also representative of the best and the worst of America.
The new Tablet magazine podcast, The Franchise: Jews, Sports, and America, is hosted by Meredith Shiner. This limited series tells the story of notable Jewish athletes and the impact they have made over the years.
The first episode tells the story of Sandy Koufax. Koufax is remembered for choosing to sit out of the first game of the 1965 World Series. The game was scheduled for the same night as Yom Kippur. Instead of playing, he chose to observe the holiday. For generations of American Jews, this decision has been one of nachas (pride).
I am so far enjoying this podcast. Shiner has a way of bringing these tales to life, regardless of whether or not one is a sports fan. She has an obvious passion for the subject, giving the listener an avenue to get to know these people beyond their public persona.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
New episodes of The Franchise: Jews, Sports, and America are released every Wednesday.
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