the attractive designs of the medals of the private Jewish-American
Hall of Fame have long been collector favorites. The Jewish-American
Hall of Fame for decades has issued high quality medals celebrating
honorees with accomplishments in a wide range of fields, including
sports. Two of the medals celebrate Jewish-American baseball players —
Hank Greenberg and Moe Berg.
Greenberg was the first Jewish athlete inducted into the National
Baseball Hall of Fame, as part of the class of 1956. He also was named
the Most Valuable Player in 1935, again the first for a Jewish
ballplayer. The 1991 JAHF medal includes a quote from a poem by Edgar
Guest about a dilemma Greenberg once faced while with the Detroit
Tigers — whether to play in a pair of critical games that coincided
with two Jewish holidays.
The 2006 JAHF medal for Berg honors him in two categories — as a
ballplayer and as a spy for the United States before and during World
War II. Berg was only an average ballplayer and played for four
professional teams during his baseball career. He was often called the
brainiest person in baseball, and some thought he wasted his
intellectual talents on the ball field. He is enshrined in the CIA’s
Hall of Fame and the International Spy Museum.
Uncountable other baseball-themed medals are available to
collectors, many of them silver rounds available at their bullion
value. Searches through traditional auctions held by auction firms
(check the sports auctions in addition to auctions of medallic works),
on eBay and other Web sources, and through the stocks of dealers in
medals and tokens, should yield a plentiful supply of medals.