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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Sticky baseballs: Explaining the physics of the latest scandal in Major League Baseball

John Eric Goff , Professor of Physics, University of Lynchburg June 16, 2021

Cheating in baseball is as old as the game itself, and pitchers’ modifying the ball’s surface is part of that long history. Adding to the lore of cheating is a new scandal involving pitchers who may be applying sticky substances – what players...

Boston-area high school football team had long history of antisemitic behavior, report finds

Boston-area high school football team had long history of antisemitic behavior, report finds

June 15, 2021

(Jewish Journal-Massachusetts via JTA) — A suburban Boston high school football team that had come under fire earlier this year for using Holocaust and Jewish phrases to call plays – “Auschwitz,” “rabbi” and “yarmulke” among them – had...

Apr 5, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; The Budweiser Clydesdales runs around the warning track prior to the St. Louis Cardinals home opener against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Cardinals ticket subscription and day of tickets are back

June 10, 2021

The St. Louis Cardinals’ 2021 Budweiser Ballpark Pass is on sale now at cardinals.com/ballparkpass.  The ticket subscription service gives fans the opportunity to attend as many Cardinals home games as they want each month for a monthly fee of $34.99. On...

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How Edmundo Sosa has been a ray of light in a suddenly dark Cardinals season

DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT June 10, 2021

In case you have lived under a rock this spring, things aren't going so well for the local baseball team. Losers of eight of their past nine games and just one loss away from a .500 record, the St. Louis Cardinals need all the help they can get right...

Russian-Israeli tennis player Aslan Karatsev reaches French Open mixed doubles final

Russian-Israeli tennis player Aslan Karatsev reaches French Open mixed doubles final

June 8, 2021

(JTA) — Perhaps it’s beginners luck: Russian-Israeli tennis player Aslan Karatsev, playing mixed doubles for the first time, has reached the finals of the French Open with partner Elena Vesnina. Maybe not: At the Australian Open in February, Karatsev...

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Rick Ankiel offers patience, dual-sided baseball appeal in broadcast booth for Cardinals

Dan Buffa, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT June 8, 2021

I didn't recognize the voice at first, but I could swear it was familiar. Dan McLaughlin, Bally Sports Midwest play-by-play voice, was calling the St. Louis Cardinals game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, and the color analyst accompanying...

Look closely. Simone Biles’ GOAT leotard has a biblical precedent

Look closely. Simone Biles’ GOAT leotard has a biblical precedent

PJ GRISAR, THE FORWARD June 8, 2021

Simone Biles is not being humble with her latest fashion statement — and who could blame her? The gymnast has 30 Olympic medals and continues to push her sport, and seemingly the laws of physics, to new heights. Because of her mastery, she has been...

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Is Tyler O’Neill’s 2021 surge just a tease, or a glimpse of the real deal?

DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT June 6, 2021

Tyler O'Neill has carried the look of a superhero for years, but could 2021 be the season where he actually saves an offense? Cardinals fans have been teased with genuine outfield excitement in the past decade far too often. The farm system (whether...

Jon Scheyer, a Jewish star player at Duke who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, will replace legendary Mike Krzyzewski as Duke coach

Jon Scheyer, a Jewish star player at Duke who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, will replace legendary Mike Krzyzewski as Duke coach

June 3, 2021

(JTA) — How do you follow a coaching legend? Jon Scheyer, a one-time Jewish basketball star at Duke University who went on to play for the Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, will find out soon enough. Scheyer, 33, is the pick to succeed Mike...

Jewish football student in Ohio forced to eat to pork as punishment for missing practice

Jewish football student in Ohio forced to eat to pork as punishment for missing practice

JTA STAFF June 2, 2021

(JTA) — A high school football coach in Ohio and seven of his staff have been suspended for punishing a Jewish student athlete by forcing him to eat a pepperoni pizza in violation of his religious commitment to keep a kosher diet, according to a report...

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Why Cardinals fans shouldn’t worry about Max Scherzer’s age

DAN BUFFA , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 27, 2021

The old adage in baseball explains that when a player gets to a certain age, their arm promptly falls off, rendering them unable to perform their job. Most people seem to think this happens around 30. For most, it happens around 35. Let's just say Max...

Max Scherzer throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Chase Field (Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports).

Max Scherzer would be the Cardinals’ ‘Mezuzah’: Here’s why

ALEC BARIS, Digital Engagement Associate May 26, 2021

The St. Louis Cardinals are in first place. However, with the Chicago Cubs finding their footing, and the Milwaukee Brewers bolstering their lineup with a proven shortstop, remaining in first might not be the case in the coming months. While the offense...

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