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Okay but not ground breaking
on July 13, 2013
This is a story of a man and his ethnicity, and the impact of both on baseball history. In some ways, although not the first Jew in baseball, Greenberg faced some of the same hatred as Jackie Robinson but to a lesser degree.
The story reveals the inner conflict that Greenberg had as an idol to the Jewish community,even if he was not a devout Jew, and his loyalty to the team. He carried an immense burden not only to succeed for himself, since he was not naturally gifted as an athlete, but also for his people.
He was a fierce competitor, demanded every ounce of sweat from himself, and asked the same of others. That philosophy often translated into conflicts with players and management as he evolved into a GM, Vice President, and even part owner of teams.
Can I say this compares favorably to Al Stump's Ty Cobb? No, but then again Stump's version may have been partial fabrication. Something is lacking in this portrayal that I can't put my finger on. Perhaps we don't really get to know Greenberg as much as we do Cobb,Mantle, Clemens, Gehrig, or DiMaggio. Or maybe Greenberg just wasn't as colorful so the story lacks the humor or intensity of the other players. In any event the book is worth reading about a Hall of Famer who lost over 4 years serving in World War 11 and would have likely had at least 500 homeruns if not for that service. His 183 RBI's in one season is still a remarkable accomplishment for any era.