Greenberg, Hank

Henry Benjamin Greenberg
Born: January 1, 1911, New York, New York
Died: September 4, 1986, Beverly Hills, California
Played For: 
Detroit Tigers (1930, 1933-1941, 1945-1946), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1956

Despite losing four prime seasons to World War II and another to a fractured wrist, Hank Greenberg still walloped 331 home runs, including 40 or more on four occasions. The MVP in 1935, when he drove in 170 runs for the pennant-winning Tigers, the slugging right-hander drove in 183 runs in 1937. In 1938, he made a strong run at Babe Ruth's home-run record, finishing with 58. Hit .318 in four World Series with Detroit.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Hank Greenberg is one of just three players to earn MVP honors at two different positions: first base (1935) and left field (1940)?
He was one of the truly great hitters, and when I first saw him at bat, he made my eyes pop out.
Joe DiMaggio