Episode #003 – Ron Kaplan, Author of ‘Hank Greenberg in 1938’


Ron Kaplan, author of Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, talks about Hammerin’ Hank’s historic chase to break Babe Ruth’s record for home runs in a season.

2:47 on Greenberg leaving the Bronx to play in the Tigers’ farm system
3:40 on the anxiety of news headlines from Europe for Jewish Americans in the 1930s
9:01 on Rudy York as the Tigers slugger predicted to challenge Ruth’s record
10:51 on the press recognizing and following Greenberg’s record pace
16:54 on Ruth observing and commenting on the chase
21:42 on whether Greenberg was walked more in September because he was Jewish
24:54 Greenberg’s place in history and the effect of military service on his baseball career
27:27 on Greenberg coming back from the war to lead the Tigers to a championship in 1945

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