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    Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Read ebook epub Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) – sagolfbidder.co.za Not a full scale biography of this often forgotten baseball great but rather this is a vivid and fascinating thumbnail that illuminates his place in his times and cultural background While hardly the first Jewish player in the major leagues Greenberg was the first Jewish STAR in the major leagues and as such found himself in a uniue and often uncomfortable place as both a very visible target for anti Semites and a repo

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    Read ebook epub Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) – sagolfbidder.co.za Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Free read Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) Hank Greenberg the son of immigrant Jewish parents grew up and played Major League Baseball during what was perhaps the time of the worst American anti Semitism Though his parents were Orthodox Jews Hank was not a religious

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    Read ebook epub Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) – sagolfbidder.co.za It's important to understand up front that Hank Greenberg the Hero that Didn't Want to be One is part of the Yale Press Jewish Lives series The series contains short approximately 150pp biographies designed to explore the breadth and complexity of Jewish experience from antiuity through the present So we know not to expect a standar

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    Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Read ebook epub Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) – sagolfbidder.co.za I grew up in Detroit and Hank Greenberg's picture hangs on my basement wall so my initial interest in this Greenberg book was from the sports angle I have read other Greenberg bios and this one never claimed to be complete It is miss

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    Free read Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) Read ebook epub Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) – sagolfbidder.co.za Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Well written biography of a great ball player who experienced discrimination and dealt with it daily This book was well written by a historian with a love of baseball and facts that many have overlooked I enjoyed this and hope you will too

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Review ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ø Mark Kurlansky

Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives)

Free read Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Review ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ø Mark Kurlansky The remarkable life story of the first Jewish superstar athlete by New York Times best selling author Mark Kurlansky One of the reasons baseball fans so love the sport is that it involves certain physical acts of beauty And one of the most beautiful sights in the history of baseball was Hank Greenbergs swing His calmly poised body seemed to have some special set of springs with a trigger release that snapped his arms and swept the bat through the air with the clean speed and strength of a propeller But what is evenextraordinary than his grace and his power Not a full scale biography of this often forgotten baseball great but rather this is a vivid and fascinating thumbnail that illuminates his place in his times and cultural background While hardly the first Jewish player in the major leagues Greenberg was the first Jewish STAR in the major leagues and as such found himself in a uniue and often uncomfortable place as both a very visible target for anti Semites and a repository of Jewish pride and ambitionGreenberg by nature a modest and good natured man as well as a non practicing Jew faced this dual challenge with a shockingly admirable combination of grace and good humor only on rare occasions showing any outward stress or anger In fact the portrait here is that of a gentle if fiercely competitive man reluctantly accepting the mantle of credit to his race by simply being a good man who worked hard at his craftKurlansky who is of course the author of a great number of wonderfully readable books on a number of interesting topics does a good job of showing how and why Greenberg was so important to so many people in his particular place and time Highly recommended for baseball and cultural history readers

Free read Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives)

Free read Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Review ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ø Mark Kurlansky Is that in Detroit of 1934 his swingor its absencebecame entwined with American Jewish history Though Hank Greenberg was one of the first players to challenge Babe Ruths single season record of sixty home runs it was the game Greenberg did not play for which he is best remembered With his decision to sit out a 1934 game between his Tigers and the New York Yankees because it fell on Yom Kippur Hank Greenberg became a hero to Jews throughout America Yet as Kurlansky writes he was the uintessential secular Jew and to celebrate him for his loyalty to religiou Hank Greenberg the son of immigrant Jewish parents grew up and played Major League Baseball during what was perhaps the time of the worst American anti Semitism Though his parents were Orthodox Jews Hank was not a religious man In the 1930 s he went on to become the biggest of stars as a Detroit Tiger coincidentally in the backyard of one of America s worst anti Semites and a pal of Hitler s Henry Ford he always said he wanted to be judged as a ballplayer and not as a JEWISH BALLPLAYER Whether he wanted to be or not he was a hero to an American nation of Jews both young and old His parents were emblematic of the typical mindset of Jewish parents who originally thought playing baseball was an embarrassment as compared to striving to get an education as a doctor lawyer or other skilled profession But when Hank became a legend in Detroit for among other things coming close to the infamous Babe Ruth s single season homerun record of sixty when he hit fifty eight in 1938 even his parents became proud of him not only as an individual ballplayer but as proof of what a Jewish person could accomplish in America So whether Hank wanted to or not he was a hero to Jewish people throughout the landThe author does a good job of highlighting Hank s absolute modesty when along with bashing balls out the park in magnificent uantities he also became the highest paid active player in baseball and to that period of time the second highest paid in history behind the one and only Babe Ruth It is also emphasized how hard working Greenberg was in his pursuit of his baseball dreams Additionally it s also made clear that he faced prejudicial hate of any player before Jackie Robinson And like Robinson in years to come he had his own version in most cases of turning the other cheekHE NEVER USED ANTI SEMITISM AS AN EXCUSE BECAUSE HE UNDERSTOOD THAT TO DO SO WOULD DIMINISH HIM THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HATED HIM WANTED TO MAKE HIM SMALL THAT IF HE COULD JUST KEEP HIS COMPOSURE THEY WOULD BE THE ONES TO SHRINK THAT IS AN INSPIRING IDEA AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO DEFEAT BIGOTRY AND IT IS WHY HANK GREENBERG ALL SIX FOOT FOUR OF HIM WAS A GIANTThough that was his mantra there were a number of times that Hank took matters into his own hands Whether with teammates he physically confronted in the clubhouse or opponents on the field Coincidentally his last year in baseball with the National League Pittsburgh Pirates was in 1947 the year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier The kindness that Hank Greenberg the ballplayer and human being showed to Jackie Robinson was remembered by Jackie for the rest of his life When Hank broke into baseball the veterans treated the rookies like they didn t exist let alone a Jewish rookie Hank never forgot that and always treated young teammates with respect and worked with them to help them improve their game One such young ballplayer was seven time National League homerun king Ralph Kiner who said Greenberg was the most influential person in his life and on September 4 1986 when Greenberg died Kiner said IT WAS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFESince this is a relatively short book one hundred forty eight small pages not counting bibliography and index the author does not and cannot go into great season by season detail as most sports books do Additionally due to its brevity other portions of his life are also shortchanged detail wise But what this extremely talented writer does make clear in the space given is the conundrum that the inner soul of Hank Greenberg was until the day he died Hank a highly intelligent and at times volatile individual didn t want to have to carry the weight of the pride and hopes of the Jewish people when he played And yet at the end and to me the last ten to fifteen pages are the best of the book he couldn t fully comprehend why he had changed but now he did want to be remembered as a great Jewish ballplayer I REALIZE NOW MORE THAN I USED TO HOW IMPORTANT A PART I PLAYED IN THE LIVES OF A GENERATION OF JEWISH KIDS WHO GREW UP IN THE THIRTIES

Review ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ø Mark Kurlansky

Free read Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives) Mark Kurlansky Ø 7 Summary Review ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ø Mark Kurlansky S observance is to ignore who this man wasIn Hank Greenberg Mark Kurlansky explores the truth behind the sluggers legend his Bronx boyhood his spectacular discipline as an aspiring ballplayer the complexity of his decision not to play on Yom Kippur and the cultural context of virulent anti Semitism in which his career played outWhat Kurlansky discovers is a man of immense dignity and restraint with a passion for sport who became a great readera man too who was an inspiration to the young Jackie Robinson whosaid Class tells It sticks out all over Mr Greenbe It s important to understand up front that Hank Greenberg the Hero that Didn t Want to be One is part of the Yale Press Jewish Lives series The series contains short approximately 150pp biographies designed to explore the breadth and complexity of Jewish experience from antiuity through the present So we know not to expect a standard sports biography or even one that captures every facet of Greenberg s lifeOn those terms this is a remarkable book The book s subtitle although a bit awkward captures its thesis nicely Despite being born into a Jewish family Hank Greenberg was virtually non observant and disliked the attention he received as a Jewish ball player Kurlansky spends substantial time on the episode where Greenberg decided against playing on Yom Kippur revealing that had it been left to Hank he certainly would have played His parents expectations and other social pressures not his personal religious devotion kept him away from the ballpark that dayEscaping the tag Jewish ballplayer though would prove impossible for Hank Most newspaper accounts would mention it He would be heckled tremendously for it though not as bad as Jackie Robinson would endure later He uickly learned however that ignoring hecklers was the only effective means to combat them He used the heckling to spur him on to greater degrees of excellence He even denied that anti Semitism was at play during his chase of Babe Ruth s home run record in 1938 he finished with 58 Later in life he even yelled at an elderly fan who brought it up Greenberg simply did not like the fact that his Jewishness would color his achievements or even his failures He could however not escape itKurlansky devotes substantial pages to Greenberg s marriages relations with his children and post baseball activities and life He spent some time as a baseball executive with the Cleveland Indians and owned a part of the Chicago White Sox But after a short time he was simply done with the game and moved on to enjoying his retirement mostly at his tennis club learning to appreciate fine art food and wine and spending time with friends and family According to Kurlansky despite all of his hard work to make a career in baseball baseball was not the goal of Greenberg s life it was a tool for achieving his goal escaping the Bronx and making a comfortable lifeOne omission I find odd concerns Greenberg s trade to Pittsburgh for his last season According to The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg a tremendous video documentary the trade occurred after Tiger ownership saw a photo of Greenberg in a Yankees uniform and thought he wanted to be traded in fact it was a photo from a charity game Kurlansky does not mention nor dispute the veracity of this storyIn sum however The Hero Who Didn t Want to Be One serves its purpose very nicely illustrating how Greenberg s religion played a role in his life even as he tried to disavow it It was only later in life that Greenberg realized how much his career meant to other Jews and embraced that aspect of his career It reminds us that while we can t change who we are entirely we can live life on our own terms as Hank Greenberg did his

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  • Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One (Jewish Lives)
  • Mark Kurlansky
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  • 24 January 2020
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