RABBI REBECCA T. ALPERT is an associate professor of religion and women’s studies at Temple University. She attended Barnard College before receiving her PhD in religion at Temple University and her rabbinical training at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. She is the coauthor of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach and the author of Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition and Whose Torah? A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism, as well as several edited volumes and numerous articles. Her specialization is religion in America, and she focuses on issues related to gender, sexuality, and race. She has recently taught courses on religion in American public life; Jews, America, and sports; and sexuality in world religions. Her most recent book, Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, was published by Oxford Press in 2011.
LAWRENCE BALDASSARO is a professor emeritus of Italian and a former director of the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has written for several baseball journals and is a regular contributor to GameDay, the Milwaukee Brewers magazine. He is the editor of Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life and a coeditor, with Richard Johnson, of The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity. His latest book is Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).
STANLEY H. BARD is a native of Brooklyn who grew up in the fifties rooting for his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers before they left for the West Coast. His love of the game stems from those early years. As a fan sitting in the right-field stands, Stan saw a lot of Jake Pitler as he grew up in Ebbets Field. Stan attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, giving him his first exposure to the Minor League game. He saw quite a few Buffalo Bisons games at the old War Memorial Stadium. Stan spent most of his professional life in management of nonprofit organizations. Before retiring to western Pennsylvania, Stan and his wife lived and worked in Cincinnati, where he became a loyal Reds fan.
While this is his first attempt at writing a baseball biography, he has published an article, “Return to Ebbets,” which appeared in the now defunct Elysian Fields.
RALPH BERGER earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s of public administration from Temple University, and a certificate from the University of Michigan for completion of a human resources program. He has written many biographical sketches for the SABR Biographical Committee. Ralph currently lives with his wife, Reina, in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. He hopes to continue to write many more articles for SABR.
MAURICE BOUCHARD, who lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, with his wife, Kim, has been a baseball fan since Sandy Koufax struck out Bob Allison for the final out of the 1965 World Series. A SABR member since 1999, Maurice has contributed to several baseball books, including Lefty, Double-X and the Kid, and The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox. He has a BS from SUNY-Albany,