No Joy in Mudville: Quest Ends for a Jewish Dragon and Teammates


Eli Simon and his teammates on the first local team ever to make it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., bow out after Thursday night's loss to Chicago.

West Philly's Eli Simon, 13, an eighth-grader at the Penn Alexander School, and his teammates on Philly 's Taney Dragons bowed out of the Little League World Series with a 6-5 loss to Chicago on Thusday night,  Aug. 21, finishing their historic quest with back-to-back losses after two straight wins.

Eli, a left fielder, is the son of Bryant Simon, a history professor at Temple University who authored Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America, among other works; and Ann Marie Reardon, a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Eli has had a "mixed" religious upbringing, says his dad, but takes part in Jewish holidays and traditions.

Eli would probably love to become a professional baseball player, his dad continues, but his more realistic ambitions are along the lines of being a writer, lawyer or entrepreneur one day.

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