Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While looking at a black-and-white photo from his playing days, Joe Blasenstein's eyes were distant and his face somber -- a stark contrast to the imposing and determined figure charging ahead in the photo. A linebacker and offensive guard for Pennsylvania State University in the early 1960s, Blasenstein terrorized opposing players with bone-crushing hits. Seeing the photo at 66 years...
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Maybe it's the royal-blue jersey with white lettering. Or maybe it's the site of a tall, Jewish, left-handed pitcher wearing a cap displaying a finely etched "B," throwing with speed and movement that has made people say that Jesse Steinberg, 17, slightly resembles Brooklyn Dodgers legend Sandy Kofax. A 6-foot-1-inch senior at Bodine High School for International Affairs in Northern...
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While many freshman softball players have to sit on the bench for a year or two before earning a spot on most high school rosters, 15-year-old Natalie Klotz has managed to bypass the entire process, and has quickly emerged as a leader at the Springside School in Chestnut Hill. The squad's only freshman, she has pitched virtually every inning of...
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When Max Silberman was growing up in the 1950s, the baseball-loving kid from Wynnewood cited his favorite ball player as little-utilized Philadelphia Athletics first-baseman Lou Limmer, rather than more popular guys like home-run hitter Gus Zernial, Most Valuable Player Bobby Shantz or player-manager Eddie Joust. "To all the kids from Har Zion, Lou Limmer was a big hero," said Silberman,...
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University of Pennsylvania physics professor Howard Brody -- now retired -- spent the bulk of his career examining the behavior of quarks and electrons through the use of advanced particle accelerators, delving into the laws that govern energy and matter, and even the universe itself, at the most minute, elemental level. Then, nearly 30 years ago, he found another "love"...
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