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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)

The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reeve Brenner ...
Himself - interviewee (as Rabbi Reeve Brenner)
Hank Greenberg ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself - interviewee
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Himself - interviewee (as Alan Dershowitz)
Carl Levin ...
Himself - interviewee (as Senator Carl Levin)
Stephen Greenberg ...
Himself - interviewee
Joseph Greenberg ...
Himself - interviewee (as Joe Greenberg)
Max Ticktin ...
Himself - interviewee (as Rabbi Max Ticktin)
Bill Mead ...
Himself - interviewee
Lou Gehrig ...
Himself (archive footage)
Basil 'Mickey' Briggs ...
Himself - interviewee
Don Shapiro ...
Himself - interviewee
Bert Gordon ...
Himself - interviewee
Joe Falls ...
Himself - interviewee
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Himself (archive footage)
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The story of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg is told through archival film footage and interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish fans, his former teammates, his friends, and his family. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg endured antisemitism and became a hero and source of inspiration throughout the Jewish community, not incidentally leading the Tigers to Major League dominance in the 1930s. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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When America Needed Heroes, A Jewish Slugger Stepped To The Plate.


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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language
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21 July 2000 (USA)  »

Box Office

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$14,371 (USA) (21 January 2000)

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$1,703,901 (USA) (27 October 2000)
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Hank Greenberg: You only remember the ones you lost.
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Features Brooklyn Bridge (1991) See more »

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Peckin'
Written by Ben Pollack and Harry James
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records and EMI Music Publishing
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Excellent Film
2 July 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is not just an excellent film about Hank Greenberg, it is an excellent film about discrimination, and how one man took the high road to overcome it. This is a film that should be shown to young people in civics or history classes as the basis for discussion of anti-semitism in North America.


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