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Sid Luckman and Other ‘Jewish Jocks’

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Sid Luckman at Soldier Field.(Chicago Bears)

During the New England Patriots’ shellacking of Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos in the divisional playoffs this weekend, the announcers noted that when New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for his sixth touchdown, he had tied the all-time playoff record. What they didn’t mention is that Brady—who did not throw another touchdown, though he did, awesomely, punt on third down late in the game—fell short of the all-time single-game passing record of 7 touchdowns, tied by a few quarterbacks: the greatest of them, and the one who first reached it, being the Chicago Bears’ Sid Luckman, a Jewish kid who started out slinging the ball for Erasmus High in Brooklyn.

Scroll readers probably know of my interest in this important topic, and may have also seen it announced that a book is being compiled featuring essays by great Jewish writers and thinkers on great Jewish sports figures. I can report, happily, that this is my book: I am co-editing it with Franklin Foer, The New Republic‘s Editor At Large, a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, and the author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. It will be called Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame and will be published later this year by Twelve.

Luckman will naturally be a subject (his essay will be by the author Rich Cohen), as will many other Jewish athletes and sports personalities you’ll expect—and many more you won’t. I’ll contribute an essay, and so will several other authors whose names you’ll recognize from Tablet Magazine, columnist Joshua Cohen, contributing editor Douglas Century, and, perhaps needless to say, senior writer Liel Leibovitz.

So if you like The Scroll’s not-infrequent sports-related interludes, look for the book in November. And if you don’t, I promise to come up with an alternative Hanukkah shopping list for you.

Ex-White House Adviser Lawrence Summers, Author Steven Pinker Write Essays for ‘Jewish Jocks’ [AP/WP]

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Shalom Freedman says:

If you are making an advertisment for yourself the least you could do is provide some kind list of who the subjects of the work are.
This will of course not be the first book on the subject. The gold standard is the great book of Harold Ribalow in which he also included Luckman, Benny Friedman, Marshall Goldberg in the Football section.

Marty Janner says:

Growing up in Brooklyn, one of our sports hero’s, was Sid Luckman,whom by the was was the master of the forward pass! After retirement,he returned to Brooklyn,and became active in the Knights Of Pythias, where he always attracted large crowds at his lodge’s meetings.

In my opinion, he was one of the greats of pro football!

ralph melnick says:

You might want to include Senda Berenson, the founder of women’s basketball.

Bennett Muraskin says:

If Marc Tracy reads this messages–I have done some research in the area of Jews in American sports that I would be happy to share.

I can’t see how to contact you from the web site so I am giving this a try.


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