The Obit For Mickey Weintraub

Mt. Lebanon ex-baseball player devoted to family, faith

Milton "Mickey" Weintraub

By Jerry Vondas
Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mickey Weintraub was a businessman committed to his family, country, faith and community. He was also admired for his charitable contributions as a minor league baseball player.

As a 1939 graduate of City College of New York, where he was a member of the baseball team, Mr. Weintraub went on to play minor league shortstop for the former New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers farm teams.

Milton "Mickey" Weintraub of Mt. Lebanon, former owner of the Weintraub Agency in Pittsburgh, died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. He was 91.

Mr. Weintraub shared the same nickname as Philip Weintraub, who played for the New York Giants.

"Dad was good enough to try out for the position of shortstop for the New York Giants along with Philip Weintraub, but Philip Weintraub, who had played professionally for several baseball teams, got the job and Dad was sent to the minors," said Andy Weintraub.

While serving as an Army Air Corps officer in charge of the building and maintaining of airfields on Guam during World War II, Mr. Weintraub organized baseball games.

"The commanding officers felt that baseball games were a morale builder for the men who were flying the B-29 bombers and the ground crews," said his son, Chuck Weintraub of Cranberry.

"Dad came down with malaria and was sent back to the states before the war ended," his son added.

Andy Weintraub of Florida recalled how his father was able to combine his experience as a baseball player and his master's degree in writing to become a member and a sought-after speaker for groups like Dapper Dan Charities that support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

Andy Weintraub remembered how he and his brother, Chuck, and sister, Amy, would sit for hours and listen to their father's sports stories.

"At one time, we could recall his stories better than he did," Andy Weintraub added.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Milton Weintraub was one of three sons in the family of Benjamin and Eva Bliefeld Weintraub. His father operated a clothing factory in New York.

Upon Mr. Weintraub's discharge from the military, he received his master's degree in English from Columbia University in New York City and his master's degree in drama from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

In 1948, Milton Weintraub married Rosemary Goodman, a Conover Model, in a ceremony at the Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York City.

"It was a love story that continued for 59 years," said Chuck Weintraub. "Although our mother was suffering from Alzheimer's and didn't recognize Dad, you could see that she felt his presence. She died last year."

The Weintraubs settled in Mt. Lebanon in 1954, when Mr. Weintraub, a Prudential Insurance Co. executive, was transferred to Pittsburgh to head its office.

In the ensuing years, Mr. Weintraub helped establish Temple Emanuel, a Reformed Congregation in Mt. Lebanon, and was a founder and first president of the Rolling Hills Country Club in McMurray.

In addition to his sons, Chuck and Andy, Mr. Weintraub is survived by a daughter, Amy Weintraub of Arizona, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Sam and Henry Weintraub.

Services at 11 a.m. today at Ralph Schugar Chapel Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue.

Visitation one hour prior to services from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment is private.