The upcoming book Jewish Jocks (to be released October 30) will have a section about Don "Moses" Lerman (titled "The Ben Franklin of Competitive Eating") along with other Jewish sports figures like Sandy Koufax, Mark Spitz and Bobby Fischer. (via biographies615) update The New Republic has a section from the book about Arnold Rothstein, alleged fixer of the 1919 World Series.


  1. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 25, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    This is a great honor to be thought of in the same breath as Sandy Koufax Marx Spitz And Bobby Fisher not to forget Be Franklin , I assure you that this book is not a thin pamphlet this book elevates competitive Eating to a level of all Major sports for this I;an forever grateful !

  2. anonymous said

    October 25, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    bullshit what about seiken? koch? shredder? Im sure if those names were in the book and not lerman he would be crying like a bitch

  3. anonymous said

    October 25, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    forgot US Male he did more for the sport than Lerman and thats for the record

  4. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 25, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    what ever happened to congratulations?I helped pioneer the sport…-

  5. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 25, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I’am sure that if Dave Goldstein , Ron Koch or Alan Goldstein Saw this post that they would congratulate me ,they are good sports and all three are mensches, I will say nothing more on this thread.

  6. Anonymous said

    October 25, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Shredder does not like to post on this site so he asked me to say “Mazel Tov” to you Don.. Oy..

  7. Ron Koch said

    October 25, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Don, I do say congratulations, and good job’

  8. ooy vay said

    October 25, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Don moses lerman wouldnt congratulate anyone . He would be jealous of them

  9. rabbi milworm said

    October 25, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    Seiken should be part of that book . Kosher pickle eating champ

  10. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 25, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Ron, thank you and Anon speaking for Alan thank you, I have always wished my friends nothing but the best. and always congratulate them ona job well done .

  11. Anonymous said

    October 25, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Congratulations Don. You were one of the greats!

  12. U.S. MALE said (Registered December 28, 2007)

    October 25, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Congratulations Don “Moses,” you are most deserving of a chapter in this book. You are a pioneer for our people and I still hope one day we can meet up at the table.

  13. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 25, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    I’am not finished competing and would love nothing more than welcome to have you at the table , you are truly one of the greats in this sport and future hall of famer …be well don

  14. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 25, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    my 1007 post should have been addressed to U.S. MALE

  15. a nonymous said

    October 25, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Funny how all the lerman wellwishers are former mle members

  16. Anonymous said

    October 26, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    What is with you commenters? Congratulations to Don, be happy for his success, be envious privately if you must but if you wanted more opportunities and you were friendlier with each other instead of hating on each other all of you would get more opportunities. Sure, be for yourself first but stop this petty immature stuff.

  17. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    October 26, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Congratulations Don! I’ve said on more than one occasion that you have nothing to prove to anyone, nor yourself. Your reputation as a legend in the “sport” precedes you.

    When it comes to the true pioneers of CE, I put Don Moses Lerman, Cookie, Godfather, and Badlands above all others, and to a lesser, but very respectable, degree–Krazy Kev, Coon Dog O’Karma, Mike Devito, Ed Krachie, and Oleg Zhornitzkiy. Surely, others will vehemently disagree with me, but that’s my opinion.)

    When Dale Boone, Crazy Legs, and Sonya came on the scene in 2002 and 2003, respectively, I used you four as measuring sticks of CE talent to help me ascertain how good those latter eaters were.

    Don, you don’t have to competitively eat at another contest for me to maintain that impression. It’s solidified.

  18. donmoseslerman said

    October 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    thank you Rhonda Evans and all my well wishers

  19. Ray said

    October 26, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Congratulations Don.

    You are very deserving of this honor.

  20. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 26, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Thanks Ray

  21. Anonymous said

    October 26, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Moses Lerman doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Without the man, competitive eating would not be where it is today. He is to competitive eating what The Beatles are to Rock and Roll.

  22. Randy L. Harrison said

    October 27, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Don, I am very proud of, and for you. Great job. Anything that promotes the sport is good. Since I have been involved (about 10 years now, I have found the eaters to be the most gracious bunch of men and women you could ask for. I’m sure that they feel as I do. Congratulations.

  23. Don ''Moses" Lerman said

    October 27, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Randy , thank you, Don’Moses” Lerman

  24. Anonymous said

    October 29, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Don, how can you claim to be the first eater to travel out of state to do a contest? According to the EatFeats database, I would say Mike DeVito may have been the first, as last time I checked, New Jersey was not part of New York. In 1998, George Boyajian and Cary DeGrosa both came from out of state to compete at the Nathan’s finals. I don’t see your name anywhere before July 2001 at the Nathan’s finals.

  25. Anonymous said

    October 29, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    then first when it came to become a sport with IFOCE ,I stand by my statement

  26. donmoseslerman said

    October 29, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    anon 146 was me . I’m at someones house using their. computer

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