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Joshua Platt
Westerville, OH
Interests: history, reading, baseball
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The best place I know of is eBay:
Greg -- Thanks for your comment and congratulations on your auction win! I'm jealous! I'd love to run a photo of you and your boys with the display. Let me know if you're willing. In the meantime, check out the story I posted about the sale @ - Josh, publisher
Mookiethecow, thanks for the update on Nate Ebner. I wondered about his background. I live in Columbus, Ohio, and follow OSU football. I am very familiar with the Ebner family. Murray is a survivor, after whom the Jewish Family Services campus is named. I always wondered whether Nate was part of that family. I'll try to do a separate posting on Nate in the coming days.
“Thank you for taking such a punishing ride to help others who are less fortunate,” wrote a man I with whom I volunteer in the note her sent along with his Pelotonia donation. While I am encouraged by the writer's sentiments, and buoyed by his words of encouragement, I am also made a bit uncomfortable reading their thoughts. After all, Pelotonia isn’t about me. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
Ron -- Thanks for your feedback. I did some further research and found conflicting answers, however. I used Scroll down the page to the opening day lineup, which shows Ginsberg as catcher. As you cited, Baseball Reference differs, and I'm willing to concede that Baseball Almanac may be wrong. The Big Book of Jewish Baseball on page 70 states: "The opening home game, where Joe was the first player to take the field, was one of only two games Joe played with the Mets." The Boxerman's Jews & Baseball Volume 2 on page 10 says: "Ginsberg played only two games for the Mets, but made history as the opening day catcher, he was the first Met to take the field." I must confess, I am confused! Thoroughly. Can anyone clarify? -- Josh
My little sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Rachel is spirited, committed to fighting for a return to good health. She's also choosing to use her illness as a opportunity to become an advocate for others facing cancer. That's why in 2012, I'm riding for Rachel! Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
This is the video from the 2011 Pelotonia opening ceremonies. Watch it, and you'll understand why I -- along with thousands of others -- ride to end cancer. Watch it, and you'll understand why thousands more volunteer to support the ride -- financially and on the route. Watch it, and you'll understand why riding 100 miles to end cancer doesn't seem so hard to do. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
To everyone who donated to Pelotonia 2011 on my behalf – which included classmates from high school and college, co-workers present and former, neighbors, and friends and family far and near – thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your generous financial support and words of encouragement mean more to me – and to countless others – than I can ever put in words. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
Ron, thanks for the correction. As you know, for several years, The Jewish Sports Review listed Axelrod was listed as a Jewish. Like Jason Kipnis earlier this season, Axelrod's rise to the majors brought kvelling from Jewish baseball fans. Like Kipnis, upon his promotion, Jewish baseball collectors learned that Axelrod does not self-identify as Jewish. I've specified this in the full article:l
With a week left until Pelotonia, I've raised more than $1,350 towards my $1,800 goal and logged almost 1,100 road miles. Many thanks to all of my generous donors and to all who've rooted me on, including my family! Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
When I ride in Pelotonia, I'll be cycling for Carol. So daughters don't have to watch their mothers die before their eyes.So husbands don't have to decide on end of life care for the woman they love. So children can know the grandmother after whom they are named as more than just photos. So sons-in-law don't have to write their mothers-in-law's obituaries. So students don't take days off from school for funerals. So families won't have to experience what we went through. Will you help me in cycling for Carol? Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
To date, I've ridden 630+ miles and raised more than $600 for Pelotonia. Will you help support my ride to fight cancer? Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
Thanks, Robby. As a friend from WUSTL wrote of Brode: "It's one thing to fight your way to success against incredible odds in life. It's wholly another thing to love your way to smooth your path over rougher roads, through simple generosity of spirit and kindness to others. For that lesson, Broderick is one of my heroes. Over the years, Broderick grew and grew and grew as a human...and lived more in a short time than most of us will in twice the days. His flesh and blood will be missed. His smile, his infectious laugh, and his spirit, are right here in the room with us, this day, as ever. And I smile at the thought that they always will be." He was a terrific friend. He was an even better man!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2011 on RIP, Broderick Lee at Platt's Pelotonia Page
The phone rang this morning at 6:22 AM. No good ever comes from a call between 10PM and 7 AM. It didn't this morning, either. My college friend, Broderick, died this morning. From brain tumors. He was just 37 years old. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
An update on my training for Pelotonia. Since late March, I've logged 250+ miles, with a goal of 1,200-1,500 total miles in preparation for the August 20 event. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
Thanks, Lauren. No doubt, Brode will help me make it through 100 miles.
I received news this past weekend that will serve as additional inspiration during the hilliest portions of the 100 mile Pelotonia ride to Athens. One of my closest friends from college, Broderick is under hospice care, suffering from cancer that has invaded his brain. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
Check out Ron Kaplan's Kaplan's Korner -- -- for details on a couple of other upcoming Blomberg appearances in New Jersey.
An update on my training and fundraising progress for Pelotonia '11. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
One Good Earbud mixes both stereo channels of your iPod or MP3 player into one ear, allowing you to enjoy all of your music and still keep an "ear open." Interested in buying one and supporting cancer research? As a One Good Earbud affiliate, I'll receive a 10% commission on your purchase, which I'll donate to Pelotonia. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
The folks at The Trek Store of Columbus today ensured that I won't loose my rear wheel due to a bum quick release. I'm safer, and my fundraising efforts gained 10% of the purchase price of the parts. If you're riding (or considering riding) in Pelotonia and need gear, be sure to check out the Pelotonia bike/gear discounts and recontributions offered by several local bike stores. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
I dream of riding new wheels in Pelotonia. Today I entered the Bicycle Tour of Colorado's bicycle giveaway. The contest winner receives a Specialized Rubaix SL3 Pro Dura Ace bicycle. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
If you drink coffee, you can help me raise money for Pelotonia. I've partnered with Backroom Coffee Roasters to sell "Coffee for a Cause." $5 from every $12, 12-ounce bag I sell will benefit to my Pelotonia fund raising efforts. Order online via PayPal, or email me your order. Drink up! Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
If you, like me, dream of riding Pelotonia on new wheels but cannot afford to buy a full-carbon beauty, check out this contest from Performance Bike. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page
I'm riding a 20-year-old Trek 820 -- modified for street riding, as I train for my first "century ride" in Pelotonia. With a bit of skill, and (hopefully!) lots of luck, I'm attempting to puzzle my way to new wheels. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Platt's Pelotonia Page