From All-Star to inveterate gambler 

November, 9, 2012

There's a great new book called Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, with contributions from bigwig writers like David Remnick and Jonathan Safran Foer. I was asked to represent the degenerate wing of the Hall and contributed an essay about Jack Molinas, an 1950s NBA All-Star who was kicked out of the league for gambling. You can read the essay below. Meanwhile, your regularly scheduled line moves are at the bottom. But why skip history?

"The first sign of trouble came when Jack Molinas was a toddler in the Bronx. His father, an immigrant from Turkey, noticed that Jack preferred using his left hand. Louis Molinas believed that lefties were evil deep in their souls, that they carried the trait of the devil. To save his son, Louis strapped the 2-year-old's left arm to his side with a belt, every day, until he was sure the right hand had prevailed. Louis was too late.