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Hank Greenberg in 1938: May 2

Posted on: May 2nd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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 topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

Image result for harry eisenstatThe host Cleveland Indians scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to maul the Tigers, 11-3. Most of the runs came off  Harry Eisenstat, making his second appearance of the season. He came in with two runners on base, allowed both of them to score, and then gave up five runs of his own, retiring just one batter before he was pulled with an ERA of 23.14.

Greenberg was 1-for-3 with a walk.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 30

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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 topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

Greenberg was 1-for-3 with a walk, scoring in the first inning on a home run by Rudy York, whom many thought would be the one to challenge Ruth’s 60 home runs. The Tigers beat the host Cleveland Indians, 5-3, to finish the month at 5-6.

In general, April was the least productive month for Greenberg, but one has to take that in perspective. Prior to 1961, when the American League expanded to 10 teams and the schedule called for 162 games, 154 games were the norm (plus or minus a few due to bad weather or ties). That meant the season commenced in mid-April, so it’s only natural that players didn’t pile up the counting stats (home runs, RBIs, ettc.)

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 27

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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 topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted. The Tigers dropped the last of their three-game series with the host St. Louis Browns, 7-2. They mustered only four hits, none by Greenberg, who was 0-for-3 with a walk and another strikeout.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 26

Posted on: April 26th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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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 topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

Make that two in a row. The Tigers beat the host St. Louis Browns, 7-1. Greenberg was 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, the first of the year that did not come as a result of a home run.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 25

Posted on: April 25th, 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 topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Tigers were victorious for just the second time in the young season with a 10-1 blowout. Of course, it came against the historically lousy St. Louis Browns, but a win’s a win.

Greenberg hit his third home run, one of two hits he had in three official at-bats for the visitors; he also walked twice and scored an additional run.

One of the problems is that there had been no one on base for any of Greenberg’s goners.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 24

Posted on: April 24th, 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 topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938

The Tigers lost the fifth of their first six games, falling 9-4 to the visiting Cleveland Indians. Bob Feller was on the mound for the Tribe and cruised through the first eight innings, allowing no runs on just three hits and striking out 11, including Greenberg — who went without a hit in five at-bats — twice. He tired in the ninth, giving up all four runs on five hits. Can you imagine if Feller were pitching today? First of all, he probably would have been lifted after six innings because he reached a certain number of pitches. But giving up four runs in the ninth? He’s outta there.

Greenberg would become Feller’s boss a decade later when he became general manager of the Indians.

Image result for bob feller, hank greenberg

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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.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 22

Posted on: April 22nd, 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 dropped the third of their first four games, this time disappointing a home crowd of 54,000 by losing to the Cleveland Indians, 4-3. Greenberg hit an opposite field triple to lead off the fourth inning and scored on an error, his only offensive contribution in four at-bats.

One might think it surprising that Greenberg managed to leg out a three-bagger. After all, NY Giants manager John McGraw — who was always on the lookout for a Jewish player to increased the gate for that ethnic demographic — deemed the then-19-year-old too slow and awkward to sign with his team. But Greenberg averaged eight of ’em a season over his 13-year career with a high of 16 in 1935 and 14 two years later.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 21

Posted on: April 21st, 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 Detroit Tiger broke out of their offensive doldrums, picking up their first win of the year, 9-3, over the host Chicago White Sox. It took a few innings to get going, but the Bengals (as they were also called at the time) scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth, four times in the seventh, and finished it up with two more tallies in the ninth.

Greenberg hit his second home run — another solo shot — to lead off the sixth. And it wasn’t just your routine dinger: The Hebrew Hammer became just the second batter to hit one completely out of Comiskey Park. Rival slugger Jimmie Foxx accomplished the feat two years earlier. Greenberg also singled and walked twice (once intentionally) in five plate appearances.

Although the song “Goodbye, Mr. Ball” wasn’t written until Greenberg had joined the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1947 season, the song — sung here by Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx — seems appropriate to include, so enjoy.

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Hank Greenberg in 1938: April 20

Posted on: April 20th, 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

Greenberg was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout as the Tigers dropped their dropped another one-run decision to the host White Sox, this time by a score of 4-3. He made the final outs of the first, third, and fifth inning, all with men on base, any of which might have weighed heavily in a final outcome.

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