Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism

May 6, 2013

Hank Greenberg debuted as a Detroit Tiger in 1933.
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In the spring of 1933, a young ballplayer from the Bronx named Hank Greenberg began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tiger legend’s first season. Greenberg's storied career is celebrated not only for his excellence on the diamond but also for the adversity Hammerin' Hank overcame during one of the world's most turbulent periods.

The life and times of the Tiger great are described in depth in the new John Rosenberg book, “Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes.” WKAR's Peter Whorf brings us the first of his two-part series with Rosenberg.  John explains Greenberg's early career challenges in gaining acceptance with fellow players and fans.