Hank Greenberg Eclipsed Sport

According to an article by Lawrence Richards from The National Pastime Museum, Hank Greenberg was an athlete who “eclipse[d] sport,” much like Jackie Robinson.  Born in New York City, Greenberg was a shy, awkward kid with a passion for baseball, much to the dismay of his parents, who wanted him to become a doctor, lawyer, or teacher.  He was on the receiving end of more hatred than other white baseball players at the time due to rampant anti-Semitism in the United States.  A spectator once ran up to Greenberg on the field and was surprised to find out that the Jewish player did not have any horns.  During the war, Greenberg commented, “I was representing a couple of million Jews….I felt I had a responsibility.  As time went by if I hit a home run it felt like I was hitting one against Hitler.”  He became a hero and a source of pride for Jewish people.  Read more about Hank Greenberg’s life and career here.

Hank Greenberg

 

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