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 Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg

Birth
Greenwich Village, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 4 Sep 1986 (aged 75)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Courts Of The Book Lawn Crypt, Sec.V, Isaiah, 1st Level
Memorial ID 3828 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. Nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank". For thirteen seasons (1930, 1933 to 1941, 1945 to 1947), he played at the first-base and outfielder positions with the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Born Henry Benjamin Greenberg in New York City, he attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx. He was signed as an amateur free agent by Detroit in 1929 and marked his Major League debut on September 14th, 1930. In 1934, he hit a league-leading 63 doubles, drove in 139 runs and batted .339, as Detroit was en route to capturing the first of two consecutive American League Pennants. During the 1934 World Series, he drove in 7 runs with batting .321. In 1935 Greenberg led the league with 36 home runs and 170 RBIs, earning himself the MVP Award, as he contributed to the Tigers' World Series title that year. In 1937, he drove in an astonishing 183 runs and the following season (1938) belted 58 home runs, as he nearly topped Babe Ruth's at-that-time record of 60. In 1940, he won his second MVP Award with his league-leading 50 doubles, 41 home runs and 150 RBIs, as Detroit clinched the American League Pennant. During that Fall Classic, he drove-in 6 runs while batting .357. Like many players of his era, Greenberg lost five of his prime years due to his service during World War II, as he participated in the South-East Asian Theater with the US Army Air Corps. He rejoined the Tigers following the war and experienced his second world championship with Detroit in 1945, as he hit 2 home runs and drove in 7 runs with a .304 batting average during that World Series. In 1946, he led the league with 44 home runs and 127 RBIs. In 1,394 regular season games, he amassed 1,628 hits 1,276 RBIs with a .313 lifetime batting average. He earned All-Star status five-times (1937 to 1940 and 1945). In 23 World Series contests, he recorded 27 hits with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs with a .318 batting average. Throughout the course of his career (similar to Jackie Robinson), Greenberg (whom was of Jewish heritage) endured and overcame prejudices to become one of the greatest players in baseball history. Following his playing career, he served as general manager of the Cleveland Indians (1950 to 1957) and Chicago White Sox (1959 to 1961). He was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956 and was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. He died from cancer in Beverly Hills.

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  • Added: 7 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3828
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hank Greenberg (1 Jan 1911–4 Sep 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3828, citing Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .