Detroit History Podcast: 'Hammerin' Hank Greenberg, a Jewish Kid from the Bronx, became a Detroit Tigers Legend

November 21, 2021, 10:20 PM

Hank Greenberg (Photo: AP via Detroit History Podcast)

Hank Greenberg, who entered the Hall of Fame in 1956 as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, was the first Jewish star in team sports. He interrupted his athletic career to serve longer in World War II than any major league player, and led the Tigers to World Series championships before and after the war.

We hear from an eclectic cast about his career, including poet John Sinclair, who reads verses from the late Edgar Guest; sportscaster Eli Zaret, historian Bill Dow and -- we're not making this up -- Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby.

-- Tim Kiska, The Detroit History Podcast

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