Mike Yawn: Hank Greenberg, American

HUNTSVILLE — Hank Greenberg, baseball’s first Jewish superstar, was born 100 years ago on New Year’s Day, 1911. Raised in an academically-oriented family, Greenberg was the only one of four children not to get a college degree. But Hammerin’ Hank made good with his prodigious hitting talents, earning election to the Hall of Fame despite a playing career interrupted by military service and marked by adversity.

Greenberg, according to his brother, didn’t get a lot of family encouragement to play baseball: “A Jewish boy ballplayer? We were supposed to be lawyers and doctors.”

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