This date in Hank Greenberg’s 1938 season

Posted on: May 12th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

From the Corsicana Daily Sun, May 12, 1938

As you may know, I am working on a book about Hammerin’ Hank for the year in which he challenged what was then the biggest number in sports: Babe Ruth’s single season record of 60 home runs.

So as I do the research for the project, I thought I’d be a nice guy and share some of it with you. Helps me, helps you. Win-win.

So on Thursday, May 12, 1938…

Greenberg hit his seventh home run of the year, a three-run shot that brought the Detroit Tigers to within one run of the host Washington Senators. But that’s as close as they got, losing 7-6 before 7,000 at Griffith Stadium.

Greenberg made two errors, one of which went against the mark of reliever Harry Eisenstat, who allowed one unearned run in two innings of work, striking out one and giving up a hit. And that brought his ERA down to an ugly 12.46.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 8-12 and a fifth place berth in the eight-team league.

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