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Hank Greenberg

Henry Benjamin Greenberg
Hammerin' Hank
Born: 1/1/1911 in New York, NY USA
Died: 9/4/1986 in Beverly Hills, CA USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6.2   Weight: 210 lb.
Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1930 — 1941
1945 — 1947

1934 American League Champion
1935 World Series Champion
1935 American League Most Valuable Player
1940 American League Champion
1940 American League Most Valuable Player
1945 World Series Champion
1956 Baseball Hall of Fame
Detroit Tigers jersey #5

PRIMARY POSITION

1B

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#8   Hal Newhouser
#9   Hank Greenberg
#10   Norm Cash
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

Greenberg was a physical freak in his time in much the same way that Frank Howard was in the 1960s and Randy Johnson was in the 1990s: he was bigger and more talented than anyone had seen before.

It's very likely that Hank would have at least tied Babe Ruth's single season home run record in 1938 had it not been for a rain storm and a rules change. In in July, he lost a home run when a game was rained out in the fourth inning. He also hit a ball that bounced into the stands that, under the 1927 rules that Babe hit his 60 under, would have been a home run. Nevertheless, the original Hammerin' Hank put up 58 homers and drove in 146 runs in 1938, which was sort of an off-year for him. The previous season he'd driven in 183.

When Greenberg led the league in home runs and RBI in 1935 he had 101 runs batted in at the All-Star break but wasn't selected for the American League All-Star team. Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx went instead. In those days, two players at each position were chosen.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1930DETAL1100000000000.0000.0000.00000
1933DETAL1174495913533312876246780.3010.3670.46812
1934DETAL153593118201637261399563930.3390.4040.60029
1935DETAL1526191212034616361704387910.3280.4110.62804
1936DETAL124610166211610960.3480.4550.63000
1937DETAL154594137200491440183831021010.3370.4360.66832
1938DETAL1555561441752345814675119920.3150.4380.68333
1939DETAL138500112156427331128391950.3120.4200.6228211
1940DETAL148573129195508411506393750.3400.4330.6701513
1941DETAL19671218512121016120.2690.4100.463100
1945DETAL78270478420213603142400.3110.4040.544900
1946DETAL14252391145295441275180880.2770.3730.6041701
1947PITNL1254027110013225740104730.2490.4080.4781640

Totals139451931051162837971331127658268528440.3130.4120.60566163500
Per 1621626031221894483814873999882400
DET12694791980152836669306120258267487710.3190.4120.61650123500

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1934WSDETAL72849211710490.3210.4060.57100000
1935WSDETAL2611001200100.1670.3750.66711000
1940WSDETAL728510211600250.3570.4000.60720000
1945WSDETAL72377302700650.3040.4670.69611100

Totals23851727725221013190.3180.4200.62442100

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
300th HR9171946DETAL

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1945BBWAAPlayer31.2
1949BBWAAPlayer6743.8
1950BBWAAPlayer6438.1
1951BBWAAPlayer6729.6
1952BBWAAPlayer7532.1
1953BBWAAPlayer8030.3
1954BBWAAPlayer9738.5
1955BBWAAPlayer15762.5
1956BBWAAPlayer16485.0
75% needed for election by the BBWAA