Author Ruttman promotes book at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- A special guest at Marlins Park on Tuesday night was accomplished author Larry Ruttman, who was on hand to promote his book: American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball.

The anecdotal book tells tales from a number of Jewish people who are involved in the game.

"It's important that these stories be retold," Ruttman said shortly before the Marlins faced the Braves. "That's really what I want for it. Finding out about what makes a lot of these folks tick, whether they are players or not."

Highlighted in the book are MLB commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, along with owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg. Marlins vice-chairman Joel Mael is among those interviewed.

"Hearing the stories and understanding how baseball and religion and Judaism mix and having someone this accomplished put it together for people is crucial," Marlins president David Samson said. "It's a legacy that will live on."

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