Jews seeking Carlton apology American League

April 13, 1994|By New York Daily News

NEW YORK -- Steve Carlton, who spent most of his baseball career not speaking to the media, is in hot water for recently published remarks.

In the April issue of Philadelphia magazine, Carlton is quoted as making anti-Semitic references while talking about world revolution. Carlton's remarks angered the American Jewish Congress, which is demanding the Hall of Fame electee apologize for his "blatant and unconscionable bigotry."

David Kahn, president of the Jewish organization, wrote letters to the baseball establishment urging "that any further Hall of Fame induction plans for Mr. Carlton [July 31] be suspended unless and until he issues a full apology for his outrageous anti-Semitic statements, including such exploded and nonsensical drivel as the reference to the so-called Elders of Zion."

Bud Selig, acting commissioner, who is Jewish, said he found the article "extremely disappointing. Needless to say, I was deeply offended."

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