The Lions of Zion, Chapter 26
What would have happened had there been a Jewish team in the Major Leagues? In an original novel serialized on The Arty Semite, Ross Ufberg imagines the trials and triumphs of The Lions of Zion, an all-Jewish team competing in the National League in 1933. Read the first 25 chapters here.
The Final Inning
The leybstants at Fayvl’s wedding was a way of saying goodbye to a lot more than Fayvl. I thought of the people we lost — Fishy Levine murdered, Dixie hurt, Butcher dead, and now Fayvl married. All of these wounds hurt, and they hurt in different ways.
Traveling around the country and sleeping in second-class ballplayer hotels with the smell of another man’s sweat on a cheap pillow: well, it’s all good for less than bupkes if you’re not winning. Out of first place by twenty games, our playoff hopes were nonexistent.
Nosie Mosie had gotten a scoop that only confirmed what we’d all been thinking. The Lions of Zion had no certain future. Levy was hemming and hawing about whether he’d continue to support a Jewish baseball team with no home field. He wanted to build a stadium somewhere, but the Major Leagues weren’t enthusiastic about a permanent Jewish club. Who could blame them? There was no club for Italians, or Poles, or Slovaks or French Canadians. Why should the Jews get one? Plus, Levy himself wasn’t sure what next year would bring.