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Sports Night: Dan Grunfeld & Barry Weinberg
November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dan Grunfeld (By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream) & Barry Weinberg (Eating my Way Through Baseball: Legendary Stories with a Major League Bite)
Sunday, November 13, 7pm
Two sports professionals share their experiences through a Jewish lens. From a family legacy spanning the Holocaust to hoops in the NBA to a professional baseball player and trainer eating his way around the major leagues, Sports Night promises to be inspiring and entertaining.
Dan Grunfeld, By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream
When Lily and Alex entered a packed gymnasium in Queens, New York in 1972, they barely recognized their son. The boy who escaped to America with them, who was bullied as he struggled to learn English and cope with family tragedy, was now a young man who had discovered and secretly honed his basketball talent on the outdoor courts of New York City. That young man was Ernie Grunfeld, who would go on to win an Olympic gold medal and reach previously unimaginable heights as an NBA player and executive.
In By the Grace of the Game, Dan Grunfeld, once a basketball standout himself at Stanford University, shares the remarkable story of his family, a delicately interwoven narrative that doesn’t lack in heartbreak yet remains as deeply nourishing as his grandmother’s Hungarian cooking, so lovingly described. The true improbability of the saga lies in the discovery of a game that unknowingly held the power to heal wounds, build bridges, and tie together a fractured Jewish family. If the magnitude of an American dream is measured by the intensity of the nightmare that came before and the heights of the triumph achieved after, then By the Grace of the Game recounts an American dream story of unprecedented scale.
From the grips of the Nazis to the top of the Olympic podium, from the cheap seats to center stage at Madison Square Garden, from yellow stars to silver spoons, this complex tale traverses the spectrum of the human experience to detail how perseverance, love, and legacy can survive through generations, carried on the shoulders of a simple and beautiful game.
Barry Weinberg, Eating my Way Through Baseball: Legendary Stories with a Major League Bite
Weinberg has spent 33 years in the Major Leagues, traveling around the world eating at the best restaurants, such as Tramonti in Delray Beach, FL, to La Scarola in Chicago, IL, to Hunan Homes in San Francisco, CA. He has shared meals with some of the world’s greatest people such as Neil Armstrong, Charles Barkley, Bob Knight, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, Jack Buck and many more.
Eating My Way Through Baseball explores Weinberg’s spectacular journey, including stories from behind-the-scenes of his professional baseball career that, until now, were only told in clubhouses, dugouts, or when out to dinner with the author himself. Life is a journey…enjoy the meal! Bon Appetit!