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‘Jews in Baseball’

Work of art celebrates Jewish baseball players throughout history

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Imagine having all the great Jewish baseball legends together in one place, say your living room-sounds like a dream, right?

Well Greg Harris of Buffalo Grove has made that dream a reality.

Harris spends his days working as a personal injury attorney in Chicago, but ever since he worked as a peanut vendor at both Cubs and Sox parks-his first job ever-baseball has been his passion.

It was that first baseball gig where Harris made the connections that would enable him to complete this project: five series of signed lithographs, called "Jews in Baseball," drawn by artist Ron Lewis, depicting 26 current and former Jewish baseball players and other Jewish baseball celebrities in the stands. Each piece of art is a lithographic, certified authentic by Major League Baseball and signed by each of the players and celebrities, including Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, MVPs Ryan Braun and Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Ian Kinsler, Bud Selig, Jerry Reinsdorf, Theo Epstein and more.

The pieces are limited edition-only 500 exist-and range in price from $6,500 to $10,000.

The inspiration for "Jews in Baseball" came from a similar piece created by the same artist of the Negro League baseball stars. After seeing the interest in that piece, Harris decided he had to create one for the Jewish players.

Though at first he was concerned about getting all the players to participate in his project, he soon learned he need not have worried.

"One by one I contacted the players and I realized that it wasn't me begging them to be in the piece of art, it was them saying I don't want to be left out," Harris said. "It's kind of a piece of history."

Harris, who also works with MLB pitcher Doug Davis to run the Doug Davis Foundation, has a deep vested interest in charity work.

For that reason, every person depicted in the piece designated a charity of their choice to receive funds from the project, including the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and his goal is to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

For Harris, this project was truly a labor of love.

"For me, [the most rewarding part] was the universal appreciation for this of all the players," he said. "They love that I was able to put this together and they love this piece of art."

For more information, visit www.Jewishbaseballplayer.com or call Greg Harris at (847) 924-6140.

SPECIAL FOR JUF NEWS READERS: When you make a purchase, if you use the code 1003, a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.



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