Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg, Author, Ruth Fecych, Editor, Ira Berkow, Editor Crown Publishers $19.95 (311p) ISBN 978-0-8129-1741-3
For many, baseball's charm thrives on the oral tradition of grandfathers, with grandsons on their laps, passing down, in proper reverential tones, the legacy of players and memories. The late Greenberg captures that spirit here, blending the right combination of humility and fact to recount a career in which this first Jewish baseball star was considered not only the greatest and most powerful right-handed hitter in the major leagues but a successful baseball general manager and investment broker as well. He seems comfortable with the life he led, not disturbed by the reactions his being a Jew brought out in his contemporaries on the field and in the stands and explaining how he turned anti-Semitic incidents into positive motivational responses on his part rather than striking back in other ways. Because he died before the book was finished, Berkow, sportswriter for the New York Times , has filled gaps with interviews with Greenberg's family and contemporaries. Their memories lack the balance the baseball star's own text possesses and the prose becomes syrupy and muddling. Luckily these added reminiscences occupy little space. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
Hardcover - 230 pages - 978-1-892049-23-0
Paperback - 286 pages - 978-1-56663-837-1
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