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HANK GREENBERG - BASEBALL HALL OF FAME PLAQUE POSTCARD SIGNED - DOCUMENT 44603
 

HANK GREENBERG. Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard signed: "Hank Greenberg". Color, 3½x5½. From his HOF plaque, in part: "One of baseball's greatest right-handed batters. Tied for most home runs by right-handed batter in 1938-58. Most runs-batted-in 1935-37-40-46, and home runs 1938-40-46. Most valuable A. L. player twice 1935-1940. Lifetime batting average .313." Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 10x16¼.


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HANK GREENBERG
Born: January 1, 1911 in New York City, New York
Died: September 4, 1986 in Beverly Hills, California


Full name Henry Benjamin Greenberg
Born January 1, 1911, New York, New York
Died September 4, 1986, Beverly Hills, California
Buried at Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California (Courts Of The Book Lawn Crypt, Sec. V, Isaiah, 1st Level)
First Game: September 14, 1930; Final Game: September 18, 1947
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 3.5" Weight: 210

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1956
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1935 and 1940)
Named AL Most Valuable Player by The Sporting News (1935 and 1940)
Named first baseman on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1935)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1940)

HANK GREENBERG
This article was written by Ralph Berger and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Tall, awkward, and lumbering--that's how many baseball scouts saw Hank Greenberg. What they didn't see was a man determined to become the best person he could. Through hard work and faith in himself, Greenberg became a star baseball player and a success in all other aspects of his life.

Henry Benjamin Greenberg was born to Rumanian Jewish immigrants on New Year's Day, 1911, in Greenwich Village, New York. His father and mother met in America and were married in New York. Initially, the family lived in tenements on Barrow Street and then Perry Street. Hank had two brothers, Benjamin, four years older, and Joseph, five years younger, and a sister, Lillian, two years older. By the time Hank was six, his father's business had grown enough to enable them to move to the Crotona Park section of the Bronx. His father, David, owned a small textile mill where material was shrunk in order to make suits, and his mother, Sarah (nee Schwartz), was a housewife. The family's life in Crotona Park was peaceful and uneventful. Since it was a predominantly Jewish section, Greenberg knew practically nothing of anti-Semitism. Hank attended P.S. 44 public school. His parents wanted him to be a professional man, a doctor or lawyer, but he loved baseball and became a professional baseball player. All of his siblings graduated from college and became professional people. The neighbors called him a bum because of his baseball playing and clucked their tongues when they spoke of Mrs. Greenberg and her son Henry. Hank was 6' 3" by the time he was a teenager, but he was skinny and awkward.

He took to sports with a vengeance. Nicknamed "Big Bruggy" while a student at James Monroe High School, Greenberg became an outstanding athlete in baseball, basketball (he led his basketball team to a New York City title in 1929) and soccer.


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