Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Oct. 6, 2016
I have two recommendations for you this week, especially if you are a baseball fan and you like Jewish history.
First, go see the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American at the Detroit Historical Museum. Last week, I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the exhibit from my friend Aimee Ergas, collections archivist for Jewish Detroit at the Walter Reuther Library, and one of the local curators for the exhibition.
This is a traveling exhibit from the National Museum of American Jewish History, but Aimee and her colleagues added some wonderful local content. It is really a handsome, informative affair with great displays reflecting the participation of the many ethnic groups in our national sport, including Jews.
There was one item I really liked, a unique piece of Detroit Jewish history. It is a child-sized Detroit Tigers uniform that was given to the Loewenstein family in 1935 by the greatest Jewish baseball player of all time: Hank Greenberg. The uniform, now on display in an exhibit case, has been worn by several generations of Loewensteins.
So, my second recommendation is to read all about it! See the article by guest writer Rick Loewenstein in the Sept. 24, 1999, issue of the JN in the Davidson Digital Archive.
Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.
By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist