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John Rosengren Explains Why Hank Greenberg Was a 'Hero of Heroes'

The inspiring story of the first Jewish sports star

Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg, baseball's first Jewish superstar

Hank Greenberg, baseball's first Jewish superstar, endured anti-Semitic taunts and threats. — Sporting News

Baseball was already more than a national pastime by the 1930s, having grown into a cultural phenomenon that pulled communities together and inspired a struggling country in the midst of a depression.

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When Hank Greenberg joined the Detroit Tigers in 1933, he was one of the most exciting players in the game. As Greenberg rose to fame, he was both cheered and jeered. The taunts and anti-Semitic threats came both on and off the field. John Rosengren, author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, reveals an intimate portrait of an athlete's triumph over adversity.

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