On this episode of our podcast, Conversations with B’nai B’rith, author and historian Jeffrey Gurock speaks with B’nai B’rith CEO Dan Mariaschin about his new biography of Marty Glickman, a preeminent voice of New York sports and an American Jewish sports icon.
In “Marty Glickman: The Life of an American Jewish Sports Legend,” Gurock explores Glickman’s indelible contributions to American popular culture and his experiences as a successful American Jew in the 20th century.
For nearly half a century, from the late 1940s until the 1990s, Glickman was the voice of New York sports. He spent years as the television and radio broadcaster for just about every New York team. Glickman has also been remembered as a Jewish athlete who, a decade before he sat in front of a microphone, was cynically barred from running in a signature track event at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin by anti-Semitic American Olympic officials.
If we only come away with one theme, it’s that Glickman’s life is about much more than the teams he covered and his athletic prowess. As Gurock emphasizes, this is “a book about the American Jewish experience, about marginality, about anti-Semitism, and the fact that even someone as outstanding as Marty Glickman could not avoid the scourge of anti-Semitism” – even as one of America’s most iconic sports voices.