GEHRIG SPORTS AWARD
The Day Joe DiMaggio Gave
By Sharyn Weintraub
had a look that could kill when he played against his brother Dom.
The story came out at the fifth annual Lou Gehrig Sports Award
Benefit at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. The dinner was sponsored by
the Greater New York Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Association, which honored Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson of
the New York Yankees and Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers of the
committee consisting of Robert R. Bennett, president of Liberty
Media; Alan R. Griffith, Bank of New York vice chairman, and Lawrence
A. Rand, co-founder and senior vice president of Kekst & Co.,
presented a posthumous award, in memory of Joe DiMaggio, to Dom and
Dom played with
the Boston Red Sox and his brother Joe with the New York Yankees. Dom
recalled a late season game more than 50 years ago, in a year when the
pennant winner had already been determined. Joe was battling for the runs
batted in (RBI) crown.
“Joe came to
bat with two outs. The bases were loaded. He smashed a drive to the
deepest part of Yankee Stadium, just to the left of centerfield.
“I turned to
give chase after the ball, and about halfway there, while running at full
speed, I was suddenly seized with an upsetting internal upheaval.
“I thought to
myself: If I catch this ball, Joe’s gonna lose three important runs
batted in in quest for the RBI title.
“On the other
hand, if I don’t give this my best effort, it will be a dishonest act,
not in the best interest of baseball and those guys battling for the RBI
title, including Joe.
important, I would have to live with this for the rest of my life.
“At the last
possible moment I stretched as far as I could and caught the ball in the
web of my glove. As soon as I caught it I had a sick feeling in my
stomach. I felt terrible.
“As I passed
Joe on his way out to centerfield, I turned to apologetically look at him.
At the same time he turned to look at me.
could kill, I would have been dead on the spot!
realized that 60,000 pairs of eyes were giving me that drop-dead look. I
felt so desolate and alone out there in that great big open field with no
place to hide. It was like a nightmare, only this was real.
vivid memory has haunted me all these many years. Pondering the pros and
cons of my decision, I don’t mind admitting that I wish I had made that
last ditch lunge just a little bit short.”
EL YESHIVA CENTER
Gluck Gives Honorees
Choice: Either Yes or No
Jean Gluck, Rose Mattus, Eugen Gluck
who has helped support the yeshiva at Bet El, Israel, for most of its 22
years, is happy that Prime Minister Ehud Barak has declared that
this settlement is off the negotiating table.
“We trust and hope the prime
minister will keep his word,” Gluck said at the 17th annual
dinner of American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center at the New York
Investment banker Richard
Grossman said he and his wife Anita had no choice in being
chosen as the guests of honor.
When Gluck called them to
accept the Young Leadership Award, he told them, “You can say yes or
you can say okay.”
president of the Zionist Organization of America, presented the Aishet
Chayil Award to Ruth Mattus who, with her late husband Reuben,
created Haagen-Dazs ice cream. They sold the company and developed
Mattus ice cream.
After Klein’s lengthy
introduction, Mattus replied, “I don’t have to say anything because
everything you said is true,” and she sat down to tremendous applause
from Jeff Wiesenfeld of the governor’s office, Judge Lee
First, Dr. Mandell Ganchrow of the Orthodox Union, Sam
Domb of Travel Inn, Ulo Barad of the Edison Hotel and
had to be the best acceptance speech of the last century.
Ziegelman Helps in
Aaron Ziegelman and
said it was highly appropriate that she serve as emcee as the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College honored philanthropist Aaron
Ziegelman at its annual dinner at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hotel.
“Who has been more reconstructed than
I?” she chuckled.
Ziegelman has been the college’s
chairman since 1986. He’s the patron of the Luboml Exhibition Project,
preserving the memory of his Polish hometown.
Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg of
CLAL, an organization that promotes Jewish education among leaders,
presented the honoree with a replica of a synagogue in Luboml. It was
the perfect gift for his traveling exhibition.
“I was really hoping for a plaque,”
an executive of Safra Bank, told my table a story about two women
walking in the rain. One of them picks up a frog off the street.
Rabbi David Teutsch (left), RRC
president, presents award to Rabbi
Irwin Kula, CLAL president
“I was a banker until I was cursed,”
the frog says. “If you kiss me I’ll become a banker again.”
The woman drops the frog into her bag.
“Why didn’t you kiss and turn that
poor frog back into a banker?” her friend asks.
has more value,” the woman replies, “a banker or a talking
AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MIDRASHA
On David Levy
AVID LEVY, senior vice president of the accounts division at
Frenkel & Co. international insurance brokers, is known as a warm,
caring and generous man at Cong. Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East
So it was no surprise that Ariel American Friends of Midrasha chose
Levy to be the organization’s honored guest at its 27th
annual dinner at the New York Hilton.
Rabbi Haskell Lookstein praised his congregant, after which
Levy responded: “If my father were here, he’d say it’s a generous
statement. If my mother were here, she’d say it’s all true.”
Rabbi Solomon Trau, past president of Ariel American Friends,
made note of current president Natalio Fridman’s generosity.
“Natalio built a factory in Israel for Russian Jews where they make
T-shirts,” Trau said. “This year they exported $10 million worth of
Ariel Friends board chairman Lawrence Kobrin explained that
the Ariel institutes in Israel, under the direction of Haifa Chief Rabbi
Shear Yashuv Cohen, are committed to Torah values.
That got the support of Malcolm Thomson, Malcolm Hoenlein,
Consul General Shmuel Sisso,
Rabbi Marc Schneier, and many other dignitaries at the dinner.
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