“I can’t wait to see my father-in-law when I get the Scopus Award,” Frank McCourt laughed. The award is the highest honor conferred by the American Friends of the Hebrew University.
McCourt and wife Jamie both receive the award, Dec.10 at BevHilton hotel. Frank is Catholic, Jamie is Jewish. Her (Jewish) parents did not attend their wedding because of the religious difference.
But that was then. The McCourts raised their four boys in the Jewish faith, all were Bar Mitzvah’d — one service was in Israel. Jamie also spent a semester of law school at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She’s a member of both the Massachusetts and N.Y. State bars and is a visiting professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
UCLA’s Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in major league baseball when he was signed by the Dodgers 60 years ago, will be feted at Dodger Stadium April 15, 2007. The McCourts bought the Dodgers Feb.13, 2004.
During lunch at the Beverly Hills Grill, they told me how much they love living here after a lifetime in Boston. They bought the Jack Benny house in Holmby Hills. And are now also building a house in Cabo San Lucas.
They were on hand at Dodger Stadium for last week’s sensaysh Rolling Stones concert. McCourt told me how impressed he was by the age range in their fans — Just like those for the Dodgers,” he observed.
Priorities for their Dodgers ownership: “championship calibre baseball; giving the fans the best experience in all sports — at Dodger Stadium; giving back to the community.”
Their “Team 42” (Jackie Robinson’s jersey number) annually provides 10 students with college scholarships. They also have scholarhips at their alma mater Georgetown.
Al Gore will be the special guest speaker at the Scopus award dinner honoring the McCourts. “Jamie and I are very concerned about the environment,” he told me. They both drive Hybrids to their offices at Dodger Stadium. “Think Blue,” he says, “– and be green.”
Vin Scully will m.c. the Dec.10 gala. He starts his 58th year with the Dodgers. “He can be here as long as he wants,” the McCourts agree with all of us Dodgers fans.