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Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Directed by Aviva Kempner

USA | 90 minutes | 1998

Aviva Kempner's Peabody Award-winning documentary is about baseball like Field of Dreams is about cornfields. Kempner covers all the bases of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg's magnificent career with archival footage and talking heads, including family members, former teammates and baseball legends, broadcasters and sportswriters, and such unabashed fans as Alan Dershowitz and Walter Matthau. As baseball's first Jewish star, Hammerin' Hank Greenberg's career contains all the makings of a true American success story. Greenberg, the son of immigrant parents, was a beacon of hope to Jews. As one observer notes, baseball was a way of "showing we were as American as everybody else." To see one of their own succeed in the national pastime at a time of virulent anti-Semitism was a source of pride and inspiration. One lifelong fan, a rabbi, states, "He was the baseball Moses." Winner of several critics association awards for Best Documentary, this is a stirring film for all seasons.
Director Aviva Kempner
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 1998
Premiere Status
Runtime 90 minutes
Principal Cast Reeve Brenner, Hank Greenberg, Walter Matthau, Alan M. Dershowitz,

Winner of the Peabody Award for Best Documentary Film

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