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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)
...
Himself - interviewee
Alan M. Dershowitz ...
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
Henry Ford ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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October 1998 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$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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the best documentary I've ever seen
13 February 2000 | by (Brookline, MA) – See all my reviews

I'm not American, I'm not Jewish, and I don't like (or understand) baseball. But this film is perfect. For the first time, I can understand the connection between baseball and the American psyche. Every American kid (of any age) should see this. Thank you, Aviva.


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