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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 23

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Welcome to a new feature for the Korner.

Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the subject. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Tigers’ record fell to 1-4 following their 6-3 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians. Greenberg was hitless in five trips to the plate, striking out twice.

Unlike Ruth, who claimed he did everything big — hit big or miss big, he enjoyed telling the sportswriters — Greenberg felt a sense of shame when he fanned, so doing it twice in a single game must have stuck in his craw. In 13 years, he struck out 844 times. These days a hitter like Mark Reynolds can rack up that amount in about four seasons.

Click on the book above to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.

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