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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Andrew Norton

Last week I watched a superb documentary, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. It was recommended to me by someone on twitter (sorry, I can't remember who it was) and before that recommendation I had never heard of the documentary. Hank Greenberg was widely known as the first Jewish baseball superstar in the major leagues. He was constantly taunted with racial epithets by fans and ballplayers alike. He was also the first sports star to enlist in the armed forces when war was declared in WWII. He came close to tying/beating Babe Ruth's home run record with 58 home runs in 1938 - only two short of tying The Babe. This is really a well put together film that really gives you an in-depth look at Hank Greenberg, the man, in addition to Hank Greenberg, baseball player.

Here is an excerpt from the documentary with Rabbi Reeve Brenner talking about what Hank Greenberg meant to him: