Books: Washington Jewish sports heroes subject of talk

The personalities and stories of Jewish sports heroes from Washington who are featured in the book “Distant Replay” are the subject of a presentation by Bellevue journalist Dan Aznoff at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Congregation Beth Israel, 2200 Broadway.

Aznoff wrote many of the 180 stories in the book. The stories reflect how the athletes overcame competition and bias — feats that required strength of character as well as athletic ability.

The book includes stories behind the Jew who caught the Seahawks’ first touchdown pass from Jim Zorn in the Kingdome, and the former judge who saved a professional sports franchise as her contribution to the community she loved. The book also details the Jew who earned a gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin alongside Jesse Owens, and the Jew behind the creation of the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.

The 350-page book was published in 2014 as a fundraiser by the Jewish Historical Society.

More on the free event: 360-733-8890. More on the book: 206-774-2277.