PITCHING IN THE PROMISED LAND ~ A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League
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|Title||PITCHING IN THE PROMISED LAND ~ A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||University of Nebraska Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Account of the bootless attack to acquaint baseball in Israel. Most Israelis accept never heard of the bold of baseball, writes high-school abecedary Pribble. But that did not stop Boston agent Larry Baras—famed architect of the cream-cheese–filled bagel—and others from starting the Israel Baseball Alliance in 2007, to “bring joy” to the lives of Israeli families. Enlisting 120 players from nine countries, the league’s six teams played 45 amateur in their first—and last—season. The two-month chance accustomed Pribble, a above accessory leaguer and “sort of” Jew, to appointment Israel and absorb his summer breach arena his admired bold as a bullpen for the Tel Aviv Lightning. Before long, he accomplished that the alliance was ailing adjourned and managed. Paychecks were late, bats and assurance were at a exceptional and the alliance administration seemed chaotic and clumsy to acquaint with players. The teams (Netanya Tigers, Bet Shemesh Blue Sox, etc.) had to accomplish do with bouldered infields and dugouts with artificial chairs instead of benches, but “for a cursory moment able baseball bloomed in the desert.” Besides accoutrement bold highlights, Pribble describes the bonding of disparate players from the United States, Dominican Republic, Israel, Canada and elsewhere; visits to Masada and the West Bank; and his accord with a adolescent Jewish babe from Yemen. The columnist does a nice job evoking the absurd setting, but the story’s abridgement of drama—and apparent renderings of adolescent players—will abort abounding readers. He argues unconvincingly that the summer brought him afterpiece to his roots. Even a aboriginal angle by Dr. Ruth fails to sex up this blah debut.
It was the first (and last) season of professional baseball in Israel. Aaron Pribble, twenty-seven, had been out of Minor League Baseball for three years while he pursued a career in education when, at his coach’s suggestion, he tried out for the newly formed Israel Baseball League (IBL). Of Jewish descent (not a requirement, but definitely a plus) and former pro, Pribble was the ideal candidate for the upstart league. In many ways the league resembled the ultimate baseball fantasy camp with its unforgettable cast of characters: the DJ/street artist third baseman from the Bronx, the wildman catcher from Australia, the journeymen Dominicans who were much older than they claimed to be, and, of course, seventy-one-year-old Sandy Koufax, drafted in a symbolic gesture as the last player. After falling in love with a beautiful Yemenite Jew, enduring an alleged terrorist attack on opening day, witnessing a career-ending brain injury caused by improper field equipment, participating in a strike, and venturing into the West Bank despite being strongly advised against it, Pribble must decide whether to forgo a teaching career in order to become the first player from the IBL to sign a pro contract in the United States. His is a story of coming of age spiritually and athletically in one short season in the throes of romance, Middle Eastern politics, and the dreams of America’s pastime far, far afield from home. Learn about Holy Land Hardball, a documentary on the Israel Baseball League.
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