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Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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“Jewish icon Hank Greenberg preferred to let his bat do the talking―and it never spoke louder than in 1938, when he chased Babe Ruth's single-season home run record while Hitler and Nazi Germany ramped up their persecution of Jews. Ron Kaplan recounts the story of Greenberg's heroic season with insight, humor and a firm grasp of its greater historical context.”
Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass and Stars and Strikes
"Kaplan offers a detailed analysis of the season and Greenberg’s quest for the record"
New York Journal of Books
“Ron Kaplan does first-rate work, giving us a deeper appreciation of one of baseball’s most thriling performances.”
Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man and Opening Day
"Ron Kaplan tells the story with the same dignity and grace that Greenberg exhibited on the field and in his life. . . . Hank Greenberg in 1938 is a wonderful baseball book, loaded with anecdotes and statistics. Whether you love baseball, history or both, you will want to read it."
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It’s obvious the admiration and respect the author has for the subject… and the attempt to link the growing hateful unrest in the world with Greenberg’s quest to break the hallowed Babe Ruth’s record of sixty home-runs in a season… comes up short (58)… just like Greenberg’s chasing the Babe. It’s a very short book of one-hundred-eighty-six pages (not counting the appendixes, sources, etc.) One thing I’m very glad the author highlighted at the end was the fact of the many years that many patriotic ballplayers gave up willingly from their career to defend our country and how much higher their lifetime stats would almost definitely have been… such as Greenberg and Ted Williams as an example. Hank was so patriotic…. that after he originally enlisted… and then a few years later was Honorably Discharged due to age… when Pearl Harbor was bombed… he immediately re-enlisted… and refused to take some “powder-puff” assignment entertaining the troops like many such as Joe DiMaggio did.
There are two quotes I’d like to include in my review…
“I CAME TO FEEL THAT IF I, AS A JEW, HIT A HOME RUN, I WAS HITTING ONE AGINST HITLER.” Hank Greenberg
“HANK GREENBERG WAS WHAT THEY ALL SAID WE COULD NEVER BE. HE DEFIED HITLER’S STEREOTYPE. FOR THAT VERY REASON, I THINK HE MAY HAVE BEEN THE SIMGLE MOST IMPORTANT JEW TO LIVE IN THE 1930’S.” Alan Dershowitz