Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg

The Hero of Heroes

Book - 2013
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Penguin Putnam
Baseball in the 1930s was more than a national pastime; it was a cultural touchstone that galvanized communities and gave a struggling country its heroes despite the woes of the Depression. Hank Greenberg, one of the most exciting sluggers in baseball history, gave the people of Detroit a reason to be proud.
But America was facing more than economic hardship. With the Nazis gaining power across Europe, political and social tensions were approaching a boiling point. As one of the few Jewish athletes competing nationally, Hank Greenberg became not only an iconic ball player, but also an important and sometimes controversial symbol of Jewish identity and the American immigrant experience.
When Hank joined the Detroit Tigers in 1933, they were headed for a dismal fifth-place season finish. The following year, with Hank leading the charge, they were fighting off the Yankees for the pennant. As his star ascended, he found himself cheered wherever he went. But there were other noises also. On and off the field, he met with taunts and anti-Semitic threats. Yet the hardship only drove him on to greater heights, sharing the spotlight with the most legendary sluggers of the day, including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Lou Gehrig.
Hank Greenberg offers an intimate account of the man’s life on and off the field. It is a portrait of integrity, triumph over adversity, and one of the greatest baseball players to ever grace the field.

Baker & Taylor
An in-depth portrait of the life, both on and off the field, of the Detroit Tigers star who was one of the sport's few Jewish players and the contemporary of other baseball greats Babe Ruth, Jimmie fox and Lou Gehrig. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : NAL Hardcover, 2013
ISBN: 9780451235763
Branch Call Number: B GREENBERG
Characteristics: 392 p., [16] p. plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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