Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame-edited by Foer and Tracy-is a collection of biographical musings, sociological riffs about assimilation, and reflections on influential and unexpected pioneers in the world of sports. Essays by preeminent writers explore significant Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, trainers, and even team owners (in the finite universe of Jewish Jocks, they count!).
Contributors include: David Remnick on the biggest mouth in sports, Howard Cosell; Jonathan Safran Foer on the prodigious and pugnacious Bobby Fischer; Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson on Marty Reisman, America's greatest ping-pong player; Deborah Lipstadt on the legacy of the Munich Massacre; and Jane Leavy reveals why Sandy Koufax attended her daughter's bat mitzvah.
Foer and Tracy discuss the impact the people of the book have had on sports, along with Jane Leavy, an award-winning former sportswriter for The Washington Post, Josh Levin, Deputy Editor of Slate, and Mark Leibovich, a Washington correspondent for the New York Times.
Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic.
Foer graduated from Columbia in 1996. Before joining The New Republic, Foer was a frequent contributor to the online magazine Slate.
His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Spin, U.S. News & World Report, Lingua Franca, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, New York and Foreign Policy. In 2004 he published his first book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.
Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic. He was previously a staff writer at Tablet.