February 10, 2019


The Jewish realtor who helped keep Frank Robinson in Baltimore (RON KAMPEAS, 2/09/19, JTA) 

Those subsequent wins might not have happened had it not been for a Jewish realtor, Malcolm Sherman, who was known in the city for a commitment to integrating its neighborhoods.

Sherman's daughter, Wendy, writing Friday on Twitter, said her father was unable to get the outfielder the home he wanted in an integrated neighborhood when Robinson first came to the city.

A year later, Robinson threatened to leave the team if he couldn't move into an integrated neighborhood.

"Dad found a house in what then became an integrated neighborhood by promising signed bats and balls, meeting one by one with each family," and also agreeing to a hiked rental fee, Sherman wrote.

Last Rosh Hashanah, in a separate thread, Sherman described how in 1963 her father heeded a rabbi's call to champion civil rights and committed to never discriminating in his sales. It was a decision that eventually lost him his business.

Posted by at February 10, 2019 7:40 AM