Art Shamsky, the Jewish baseball player on the Mets team that won the World Series in 1969, is the scholar-in-residence at Temple Emanu-El of Closter on Sunday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m.
He will discuss his experiences as a Jew and as a record-setting Major League Baseball player. Tickets include breakfast, a signed baseball, and a copy of his autographed book, “The Magnificent Season.” Drs. Sharon and Kenneth Fried are event co-sponsors.
Mr. Shamsky, who was born in St. Louis, played professional baseball for 13 years. He started his major league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1960, was traded to the New York Mets in 1967, and was a major part of the “Miracle Mets.” The team won the 1969 championship by defeating the Baltimore Orioles.
Mr. Shamsky hit four home runs in a row while playing for the Cincinnati Reds; the bat he used that day is on display in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Since he retired from baseball, Mr. Shamsky has been an on-camera sports broadcaster at WNEW-TV Channel 5 in New York City and ESPN Television. He also has done play-by-play announcing for the Mets.
He is the author of “The Magnificent Season,” a book about the New York Jets, New York Mets, and the New York Knicks, which all won championships, each for the first time, from January 1969 to May 1970.
In 2007, Mr. Shamsky managed one of the six teams in the new professional Israel Baseball League.
For information, call (201) 750-9997 or go to www.templeemanu-el.com.