Monday, July 9, 2012
Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg, by Shelley Sommer
Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer
by Shelley Sommer
New York: Calkins Creek, 2011
132 pages. Ages 10-14.
Photographs and text follow the life of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish baseball player in the MLB Hall of Fame, discussing his Jewish-American heritage, anti-Semitism of the 1940s, and his service in World War II.
Although this book initially appeared to be sports-based, the text provided detailed accounts of Greenberg’s childhood experiences as a first-generation Jewish American, conflicts in multigenerational traditions, prejudices within the field of sports, and accounts of World War II. Students have the opportunity to gain an understanding of one time in America’s history when eligibility to participate was not based on one’s skill, but based on culture or religion. This book will allow instructors and students to explore themes of American history, Jewish culture, 1940s, WWII, prejudice, and anti-Semitism.
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