Jews In Sports: Exhibit Page @ Virtual Museum


Harold U. Ribalow and Meir Z. Ribalow
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Jews In American Sports

about if he is a spectacular backfield man. The backs do much of the scoring and it is around them that play revolves. A lineman gathers mud and bruised muscles and wins little attention or acclaim from the fans who fill the stadiums and watch the television screen. Only the coaches and enemy players know a good lineman. Still, it is the runners and passers and play-callers who win the headlines and it is they who in the final analysis make football spectacular. The demands on them are heavy. They need more than brawn and football intuition. They must be fast, know how to pass with pinpoint accuracy and, under tension, call the correct play.

Three of the finest quarterbacks in football history (college and professional) have been Jews: Benny Friedman, Harry Newman and Sid Luckman. One of the most powerful runners and line smashers has been Marshall Goldberg. Their stories are told here; but there are literally hundreds of Jewish stars whose careers cannot be outlined for lack of space and because their feats are not unlike those of the top men included here. In reading of this great quartet, remember that they symbolize hundreds of others whose names are now memories entrenched in the hearts of those who saw them and were thrilled by their startling feats on the gridirons of the nation.