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3. Hammerin' Hank: The Life of Hank
4. Hank Greenberg: Hall-of-Fame Slugger
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1. Hank Greenberg (Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
by Hank Greenberg
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5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute "must" for Greenberg's fans, and an excellent addition to sports biography shelves everywhere
The Story of My Life is the true-life autobiography of baseball legend Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. From his childhood days as the son of Eastern European immigrants in New York, to his rise as one of the most skilled home run hitters of his day, to his brave service in World War II and his more personal struggle with cancer, The Story of My Life is an amazing portrait of good and honorable man, both on and off the playing field. Of particular interest are the sections describing how Greenberg, a secular Jew, stood up for himself and his beliefs when confronted by anti-Semitism. An absolute "must" for Greenberg's fans, and an excellent addition to sports biography shelves everywhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Biographies can be great!
The joy of a biography is in the subject and the quality of the writing. Both areas excel in Hank Greenberg's life story. The book is of interest to anyone who loves vintage America during its entertainment hey-day, Depression years, and success stories of folks from modest background who have risen to "Hall of Fame" heights. Hank Greenberg's story is obviously from him but written by a professional who knows how to keep the tone of the book right where it needs to be. Although particularly appealing to baseball fans (and I am not one), there are so many carryovers to other areas, that anyone who reads the book will have trouble putting it down. It is short, well illustrated, and certainly a biography-buff's delight.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Five Strike" Greenberg
Play "Fill In The Blanks" and say, "Hammerin' Hank ___________," and many baseball fans will answer (correctly) "Aaron." Others will answer (just as correctly) "Greenberg," for before there was Hammerin' Hank Aaron of the Braves there was Hammerin' Hank Greenberg (1911-1986) of the Tigers. Greenberg played baseball for the Tigers in the mid-1930s to mid-1940s, and is considered by many pundits to be the third greatest hitter in baseball history, after Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. With 58 homers in 1938, he nearly matched the Babe's single season home run record of 60; with 182 RBIs in 1937, he nearly matched the Iron Horse's record of 183. A target of vicious abuse because of his ethnicity, he has been compared to Jackie Robinson as well.

To call Greenberg "the Jewish Jackie Robinson" however, is not entirely accurate. Although baseball could never have been identified as a "Jewish" sport (as were basketball and boxing at various times), Jews have played baseball professionally since the inception of the game. Baseball has always been dominated by men with rural backgrounds. Many Jewish players changed their names in the era of Restriction---Johnny Cooney was Jacob Cohen off the field---but Jews did take a small but active role in our National Pastime, nonetheless.

Few Jewish players were as conspicuous as Greenberg, however, and none had yet made the Hall of Fame. A prodigious hitter, the 6-4, 215 lb. Greenberg was hard to miss. In an era of unrestrained "bench jockeying," Greenberg was a favored target. Bench jockeys played a nasty but effective role in keeping opposing players off-balance by yelling all kinds of obscenities and epithets from the dugout. Nothing was out-of-bounds, and this was particularly true with Greenberg, who was called everything from "Moses" to "Hook Nose," and far worse.

Much to Greenberg's credit, he does not dwell overlong on anti-Semitism in this autobiography. Unfinished at the time of his death, the book was edited by Greenberg's friend Ira Berkow, who relied on the record books, newspapers and reminiscences of Greenberg's friends, relatives, and professional colleagues to provide missing background material and a sense of continuity to Greenberg's story. The result is an interesting amalgam: For example, Greenberg gives little credence to the idea that he was foiled in breaking the Babe's home run record because opposing pitchers did not want a Jew (in particular) to hit 61; however, others admit that this was at least a partial motivation amongst some pitchers. Greenberg modestly describes his success as due to very hard work, saying that he was "not a natural player." Other voices disagree. His two American League MVP elections might be due to either or both. His elevation to the Hall of Fame was especially well-deserved. Still, Greenberg says that had the NBA existed in his youth he would have chosen to play basketball instead.

Sandy Koufax, the Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, and the only other Jewish player elected to the Hall of Fame, was once asked if Greenberg had been his inspiration. Koufax admitted that he had hardly heard of Greenberg before entering baseball, and that he had initially been less interested in playing professional baseball than in playing pro basketball!

Both Greenberg and Koufax made headlines by refusing to play in World Series games on Yom Kippur, theJewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish year. Greenberg was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. Koufax was elected in 1972. Greenberg and Koufax are the first two Jewish players so honored.

Like many physically imposing men, Greenberg was a quiet man, who got into few altercations, although he occasionally does admit to "wanting to beat the [ahem]" out of mouthy players. He greeted Jackie Robinson's debut enthusiastically, and was one of the few players in baseball to openly befriend Jackie in 1947 (Greenberg's last year on the field). Both men had problems with Ben Chapman, a player/manager who once released a black cat onto the field while Robinson was playing and openly admitted he hated Robinson for his color. Greenberg is uncharacteristically sharp about Chapman, calling him a "Jew-baiter" who "hated" him as well. Such is Mr. Chapman's legacy.

Greenberg became a team owner/manager after his retirement. His career-long observations on the business of baseball are enlightening: "Branch Rickey would have rather had a second place team since he didn't have to pay his players as much, but could still rely on a good gate," in describing the foibles of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The business of baseball as Greenberg sees it, is cutthroat, owners have "no integrity" and players have little value except as commodities. Greenberg admits candidly that his opinions come partly from his disgust with the manner in which he was treated by Tigers management after sixteen seasons. That may be why Greenberg helped establish the Players Pension Plan, and why he supported Free Agency. In his earliest years, Greenberg held out for decent pay, and his contract negotiation letters to Tigers owner Frank Navin are overly cocky. Fortunately, Navin saw talent in the young Greenberg, and compensated him well, though not as well as Greenberg would have liked. Still, he was making $35,000.00 a year during the Depression, not chicken feed. Years later, with new management, Greenberg left the Tigers over a salary dispute, although the Tigers put the onus on Greenberg for wearing Yankee pinstripes during an Armed Services morale-building exhibition game in 1945 (no Detriot Tigers uniform was available for Greenberg).

Hank Greenberg lost four solid seasons during the war years. It is open to speculation what he would have accomplished in those years, as he was still in the prime of his career. In 1946, Greenberg held the season record for home runs; in 1947, he was unceremoniously sent from the first place AL Tigers to the last place NL Pirates, where he played desultory baseball. Then he retired to become a club owner and an investment banker.

Having left NYU to play ball, he never got his Baccalaureate Degree, but he accomplished so much else. A memorable player whose accomplishments have been dimmed by time, Greenberg "should have been Commissioner of Baseball," according to Ralph Kiner. "No one was better qualified."

As for himself, Greenberg says self-deprecatingly that he is the "bum" of Mr. and Mrs. Greenberg's children.

Had Hank Greenberg been ten years younger he probably would have played for his hometown, been a Brooklyn Bum, and an outstanding addition to The Boys of Summer.

A fine story, by and about a fine human being, HANK GREENBERG: THE STORY OF MY LIFE is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Home Run Hero of Tiger Town
This book was a popular success and it inspired the production of first rate documentary film. Hank Greenberg was a phenomenal baseball player, who perfected his hitting techniques through long hours of practice. As one of the few Jewish athletes in professional sports, Greenberg, who was largely secular in his personal life, became a target for anti-Semites and a symbol to Jewish children and sports fans. Although raised in New York, Greenberg was signed by the Detroit Tigers and spent most of his career in the Motor City. He played on four pennant teams, including two World Series champions. He served in World War Two and rejoined the Tigers in time to help the club win 1945 pennant by hitting a grand slam on the last day of the season. Greenberg won the American League MVP award at two different positions, first base and outfield. He was a productive slugger who drove in runs constantly. Greenberg felt RBIs were the most important statistical category for hitters. After his playing career concluded with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Greenberg became a baseball executive, but the book does not dwell on that too much. Nevertheless, this autobiography is most enjoyable. Greenberg died before completing the manuscript, but a capable baseball writer, Ira Berkow, was able to finish the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid, Readable, Revealing
This revealing autobiography of slugger Hank Greenberg (1911-1986) makes for excellent reading.Greenberg was baseball's first Jewish superstar, a massive (6-4, 215 lbs), popular, intelligent player.Greenberg's immigrant parents disliked his decision to play baseball, but by the mid-1930's he was slugging the Detroit Tigers to pennants and his mother found herself a celebrity in her mostly-Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx.Greenberg's popularity probably reduced the amount of anti-Semitic abuse he faced - abuse that he often answered with his bat.Greenberg lost nearly five seasons to military service during World War II, and he left the game after 1947 to become a talented baseball executive and later an investment broker.All is described in these readable pages, along with Greenberg's views on famous controversies.Did opposing hurlers purposely walk him as he closed in on Babe Ruth's home run record in 1938?Was he unfairly drafted prior to Pearl Harbor?Should he play on major Jewish holidays?His answers ("no") are given at length.In his last year with Pittsburgh, Greenberg also encouraged a rookie named Jackie Robinson who faced similar but much greater abuse.

Greenberg was intelligent, dedicated, and surprisingly modest.He passed away before this book was finished, at which point journalist Ira Berkow filled in the gaps with interviews and anecdotes.This is an intelligent and readable biography about one of baseball's most impressive men.

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2. Jewish Major League Baseball Players: Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, Ryan Braun, Kevin Youkilis, Ian Kinsler, Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman
Paperback: 302 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, Ryan Braun, Kevin Youkilis, Ian Kinsler, Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman, Gabe Kapler, Shawn Green, Moe Berg, Brad Ausmus, Jason Hirsh, Craig Breslow, Scott Schoeneweis, Ken Holtzman, Sid Gordon, Mike Lieberthal, Al Rosen, Steve Stone, Ron Blomberg, Scott Radinsky, Lou Boudreau, Jimmie Reese, Mike Epstein, Bob Melvin, Larry Sherry, Norm Sherry, Ryan Karp, Jeff Newman. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 301. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Ryan Joseph Braun (born November 17, 1983, in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California), nicknamed The Hebrew Hammer, is an American right-handed Major League Baseball All-Star left fielder with the Milwaukee Brewers. He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, after leading the National League (NL) in slugging percentage. He also won the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, the Baseball America Rookie of the Year, the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball NL Rookie of the Year, and the Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie Awards. Over the prior decade, the only other NL hitter to win all five awards was Albert Pujols, in 2001. Braun was a starting NL All Star outfielder in both 2008 and 2009, won the 2008 and 2009 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Awards, and was the starting left fielder for the USA team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In 2009 he was named to the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. 32 on the list, and led the NL in hits for the season. In 2010, he was moved up to number 22. Braun was a four-year letterman on the Granada Hills High School baseball team, and three-year team captain and MVP. He played shortstop, and until his junior year he also pitched. As a sophomore in 2000 he recorded the highest batting average of his prep caree...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=3891233 ... Read more

3. Hammerin' Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg
by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Yona Zeldis McDonough
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2006-04-18)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Meet one of America's earliest Jewish-American heroes.

The 1930s were a time when "outsiders" were not welcome in Major League Baseball. Henry Benjamin Greenberg began as one of those outsiders, but went on to become one of baseball's greatest right-handed batters.

Hammerin' Hank dominated baseball from 1933 to 1948 and was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But Hank Greenberg was more than an amazing athlete. While Jews had been playing baseball since the 1800s, Hammerin' Hank was baseball's first Jewish superstar.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Hammerin' Hank
Is a Jewish sports superstar an oxymoron?Oh, No! says this bright picture book biography of baseball great Hank Greenberg. The text bursts with sound information from a strong Jewish point of view. The introduction states the theme of prejudice against outsiders. As the story moves chronologically through Greenberg's life, youngsters meet a genuine American hero whose hard work and love of baseball disprove attitudes that Jews were not real Americans.He succeeds despite anti-Semitism and encourages other minorities with similar problems on the playing field.

Elementary school readers will eagerly follow Greenberg's career path and applaud his determination to follow his dream to become a baseball player despite his Orthodox parents' disapproval. From the local park in his Bronx neighborhood, through college games, minor league teams and finally the big-time majors, Greenberg worked at his game: he was not a natural athlete.He practiced his way into the Most Valuable Player award: the first Jew ever so honored; and into the Baseball Hall of Fame: the first Jew inducted and still one of only two Jews there!Greenberg helped his team though long seasons and World Series championships, but he did not play on Yom Kippur.Readers will learn of his life outside baseball (marriages, children, wartime army service, other jobs).

Stylized, colorful, primitive art supports the serious fact filled text.The unusual illustrations attract attention to the biography as they deliver Jewish culture and mid-20th century Americana. The book includes a rich amount of reference for a picture book: statistics, career records, chronology, bibliography and a glossary which casually (and amusingly) mixes Jewish and sports terms as they appear in alphabetical order. The international Association of Jewish Libraries chose this as one of 2007's fourteen notable books for younger readers.Hammerin' Hank introduces today's young readers to yesterday's hero in a way that piques their interest and makes them proud to be Jews.

Reviewed by Ellen Cole.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 2007 Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Younger Readers
Mother-daughter team, McDonough and Zeldis (The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Peaceful Protest: The Life of Nelson Mandela, and Anne Frank) team-up to offer readers a picture book biography of Hank Greenberg, "a baseball player who was tall, strong, and handsome" and who also "happened to be Jewish."With quotes from Greenberg and others interspersed within the text, McDonough details his childhood in New York City and the Bronx, his experiences playing basketball at NYU, his career playing baseball for the Detroit Tigers, his decision to serve in the US Army during World War II, and his ownership of the Chicago White Sox.She also recounts the anti-Semitism that Greenberg faced from fans and players, his decision to play on Rosh Hashanah but not on Yom Kippur, and his encounter with Jackie Robinson.The bright, folk-art paintings in bold, garish colors, match the setting and mood created by the text.And, caricatures of other Jewish baseball players, like Moe Berg, Sandy Koufax, Shawn Green, and Gabe Kapler are cleverly included, in baseball card style, on the end pages.The appendix includes Hank Greenberg's vital statistics, a chronology of his life, a glossary, and a bibliography, rounding out this wonderfully accessible introduction to baseball's first Jewish superstar. ... Read more

4. Hank Greenberg: Hall-of-Fame Slugger
by Ira Berkow
Paperback: 108 Pages (2001-05-01)
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Hank Greenberg, a special man with an independent spirit, was the first Jewish ballplayer to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Greenberg was a legend in many Jewish households in the 1930s and '40s. His powerful home runs hit during those years were sometimes a dramatic reply to Nazi actions in Europe and to anti-Jewish sentiment in America.

Ira Berkow's stimulating biography will inspire young readers to look at their own conduct and sportsmanship towards others and discover the meaning of standing tall. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids
Hank Greenberg was a nice guy.Plain and simple.He was a real team player.Your child doesn't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book.It's easy and enjoyable to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hank Greenberg
My mother was delighted to receive this item as he was one of her baseball hero's. ... Read more

5. Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives)
by Mark Kurlansky
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2011-03-29)
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One of the reasons baseball fans so love the sport is that it involves certain physical acts of beauty. And one of the most beautiful sights in the history of baseball was Hank Greenberg's swing. His calmly poised body seemed to have some special set of springs with a trigger release that snapped his arms and swept the bat through the air with the clean speed and strength of a propeller. But what is even more extraordinary than his grace and his power is that in Detroit of 1934, his swing—or its absence—became entwined with American Jewish history. Though Hank Greenberg was one of the first players to challenge Babe Ruth's single-season record of sixty home runs, it was the game Greenberg did not play for which he is best remembered. With his decision to sit out a 1934 game between his Tigers and the New York Yankees because it fell on Yom Kippur, Hank Greenberg became a hero to Jews throughout America. Yet, as Kurlansky writes, he was the quintessential secular Jew, and to celebrate him for his loyalty to religious observance is to ignore who this man was.
In Hank Greenberg Mark Kurlansky explores the truth behind the slugger's legend: his Bronx boyhood, his spectacular discipline as an aspiring ballplayer, the complexity of his decision not to play on Yom Kippur, and the cultural context of virulent anti-Semitism in which his career played out.
What Kurlansky discovers is a man of immense dignity and restraint with a passion for sport who became a great reader—a man, too, who was an inspiration to the young Jackie Robinson, who said, "Class tells. It sticks out all over Mr. Greenberg."
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6. Greenberg, Hank (1911-1986): An entry from SJP's <i>St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture</i>
by Nathan R. Meyer
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This digital document is an article from St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 142 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and textual cross-references to related essays. ... Read more

7. Hank Greenberg: An entry from Gale's <i>Notable Sports Figures</i>
by Wendy Kagan
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This digital document is an article from Notable Sports Figures, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 2261 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Takes a close look at the people in sports who have captured attention because of success on the playing field, or controversy off the playing field. This work features biographies on more than 600 people from around the world and throughout history who have had an impact not only on their sport, but also on the society and culture of their times. It also includes not only the record-breakers that dominated and changed their sport, but also the controversial figures that made headlines even apart from athletic events. ... Read more

8. Schoolyard bully.(THE EDITOR'S EDGE): An article from: National Underwriter Life & Health
by Steve Piontek
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This digital document is an article from National Underwriter Life & Health, published by The National Underwriter Company on April 18, 2005. The length of the article is 605 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Schoolyard bully.(THE EDITOR'S EDGE)
Author: Steve Piontek
Publication: National Underwriter Life & Health (Magazine/Journal)
Date: April 18, 2005
Publisher: The National Underwriter Company
Volume: 109Issue: 15Page: 4(1)

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9. Jacob's Voices: Reflections of a Wandering American Jew (Journeys and Memoirs Series)
by Jerold S. Auerbach
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An American professor of history finds his roots in a personal journey through Israel--and into assimilated America, academia, baseball, and family--headlong into deep tensions and ambivalence about country, culture, identity and religion. Worried about the commitment of Jews to their heritage, Jerold Auerbach (renowned author of Unequal Justice) shares his story and musings with insight, irony, and intensity. A personal journey, literally and spiritually, shared by one of the most recognized legal historians in the United States.

JEROLD S. AUERBACH is Professor Emeritus of History at Wellesley College, where he has taught courses on modern United States history, freedom of speech, American Jewish history, and the history of Israel. His recent books include Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel (2009) and Explorers in Eden: Pueblo Indians and the Promised Land (2006).

Part of the Journeys and Memoirs Series of Quid Pro Books, in a high-quality ebook format (with active contents and embedded images); originally published by Southern Illinois University Press.

From the original dustjacket:
“We have the voice of Auerbach himself reflecting on. . . the remarkable conversion experienced in Israel that transformed him from a somewhat typical left-leaning American Jewish academic to America’s foremost intellectual exponent of right-wing Zionism. This intellectual transformation is of substantial interest to students of recent American Jewish history, and Auerbach writes with admirable honesty and self-reflection about it.”

-- Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. and Bell R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

From the hardback:"A three-generation narrative, this is the autobiography of an American Jew who discovered in Israel a way to unravel the legacy of Jewish ambivalence transmitted by his immigrant grandfather and American father." ... Read more

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