Thanks to the Kings County Library Service Center in Washington for their nice review of Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg:
“Hank Greenberg was known as the “Jewish Babe Ruth”. In a time when prejudice and racism were rampant, Hank experienced many of the same trials as Jackie Robinson would years later. Sommer incorporates historical photographs and narrative to explain the racist and anti-Semitic attitude of the times. In this biography, Greenberg’s accomplishments on and off the field are examined, including his military service during WWII and his career after his playing days were over. For baseball fans and history buffs alike, the story is interesting and informative. Recommended for middle school and up.”
Thanks also to Nauset Regional Middle School for inviting me to talk about Hank Greenberg and celebrate their summer reading program with them. I visited a group of students last week and really enjoyed seeing their beautiful school. While I was in Orleans, I stopped by The Chocolate Sparrow for an Iced Mocha Sparrow. A pile of magazines and lots of good people watching – a wonderful way to end my afternoon.
One more note: the last book I added to my “to read” stack is The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow. A young adult novel that takes place in 1936 Berlin – the same time Greenberg was hitting home runs in Detroit – The Berlin Boxing Club is the story of a Jewish boy who gets boxing lessons from German champion Max Schmeling.