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National Jewish Hall of Fame holds induction ceremony

Joel Segal, speaks at the podium after receiving

Joel Segal, speaks at the podium after receiving his induction into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Sunday morning at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y. on Sept. 14, 2014. Segal is a professional agent for NFL players. Credit: James Carbone

Two basketball stars of the past, an inspirational baseball player and a prominent sports agent highlighted the 2014 inductees into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Former All-American basketball players Don Goldstein and Barry Kramer, retired baseball player Adam Greenberg and agent Joel Segal were inducted at the Hall's 22nd annual induction ceremony at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack.

Tennis players Angela Buxton and Jay Berger and bowler Mark Roth also were inducted but could not attend.

Goldstein, a Brooklyn native who now is a dentist in Garden City, was an All-American player at Louisville and helped the Cardinals reach their first Final Four in 1959. He is the 10th-leading rebounder in Louisville history.

"This is a great honor," said Goldstein, 76. "It's really nice at this point in your life to be remembered. It's been a long time since I played ball."

Kramer, 71, was a two-time All-American and led NYU to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in 1962 and 1963. He also had a brief pro career with the Warriors, Knicks and Nets.

"I'm so proud to have been a Jewish athlete," said Kramer, now a judge in Schenectady. "Sports are a melting pot of all people. It is the kind of thing that when you don the uniform and you go out on the court with your teammates, you love them and they love you. That's something about sports that maybe can be brought into the other parts of our lives."

Greenberg, 33, suffered a concussion in his major-league debut in 2005, but after six seasons in minor-league and independent-league baseball, he returned to the majors for an at-bat in 2012.

Segal is an NFL agent who represents such high-profile clients as Michael Vick, Reggie Bush and DeAngelo Hall.

Buxton won two majors as a doubles player in 1956. Berger had a successful career as a tennis player and coach. Roth has the fifth-most wins in PBA Tour history.

Wimbledon juniors champion Noah Rubin, now a student at Wake Forest, and Friends Academy graduate Will Sands, now at Bucknell, were named the Jewish Hall of Fame's high school players of the year.

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