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The Patron Saint of Nerdy Jewish Baseball Fans

Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Baseball, which you may remember wrapped up its season this week, is the Chosen People’s Chosen Sport.

The mythology is familiar: Like two other great American institutions -- unions and public schools -- baseball helped countless turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants assimilate into the New World. “Don’t let your child grow up to be a stranger in his own country,” the advice columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward famously wrote in answer to the skeptical immigrant father of one Jewish boy who wanted to play baseball.