Sunday, March 25, 2012

1933 Tattoo Orbit Hank Greenberg

Detroit Tigers CTNW Fan Favorites #3

Hank Greenberg hit .301 with 12 homers and 87 RBIs in 1933, his rookie season. He would go on to win 2 MVPs and 2 World Series titles with the Tigers. He led the league in homers and RBI's 4 times each. Although he hit 331 homers in his career, he also served 45 months in the Air Force between 1941-1945. Those years were book-ended by 40+ homer seasons in 1940 and 1946. Many speculated that had he not volunteered to serve he would be in the 500 Homerun Club.

His career after he retired from playing is just as impressive. He teamed up with Bill Veeck in the front office with the Cleveland Indians, then again with the White Sox in 1959. He and Veeck also partnered in an unsuccessful attempt to be the first owners of the expansion Los Angeles Angels. He was a minority owner when Bill Veeck repurchased the White Sox in 1975.

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