Saturday, October 02, 2010

'The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg'

Just watched a 1988 documentary, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.

Greenberg was the first Jewish American to play in the major leagues and was a phenomenal hitter.

Along the way, he endured much Anti-Semitism. (Jackie Robinson's rookie year was Greenberg's final season in the Bigs and he was able to encourage Robinson in ways that probably no other major leaguer could have. He did so and Robinson was grateful.)

Greenberg's career was interrupted by four years in the Army during WWII. Even with that interruption, on his return, he led the Tigers to win the '45 World Series.

Greenberg was not a practicing Jew and the inhumanity he saw perpetrated by those claiming to be religious during the war turned him off to religion. What people do "in the name of God" is no doubt a grievous sorrow to God.

This was an enjoyable film and admittedly hit me in two of my "sweet spots": baseball and religion.

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