Hank Greenberg: The Hero Of Heroes. John Rosengren.

Hank Greenberg: The Hero Of Heroes

New York: New American Library, 2013. Hardcover. A fine, fresh, apparently unread copy in equally fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 392 pp. woith bibliography, index. Illustrated with phots. Biography of one of baseball's most exciting, powerful and respected stars, Hank Greenberg. Greenberg began his career with a single plate appearence for the 1930 Detroit Tigers but would go on to play for them until 1946 (with three years lost to military servive during World War II). One of the most fearsome right-hand hitters in the game, he would laed the Ameircan League in home runs three times (including a Ruth-record challenging 58 in 1938), RBI three times as well including 184 in 1937 (one short of Lou Gehrig's AL record), won two MVP awards and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. Greenberg was of Jewish descent (his birth name was Hyman Greenberg) and although he was widely respected (one of his nicknames was "The Hebrew Hammer"), he was subjected throughout his playing days to anti-Semetic barbs and taunts from both fans and some fellow players. Following his retirement from active play, he went on to become first the farm director then the general manager of the Cleveland Indians; he he was instrumental in bringing Larry Doby to the Indians as the first Black player in the American League. Greenberg became part owner of the team in 1956 and in 1958 teamed with Bill Veeck to buy the Chicago White Sox (he'd sell his share in 1961). Fine / fine. Item #E26000
ISBN: 9780451235763

Price: $25.00

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