Of course, this book caught my eye! A book about a collision (literally) between two future members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame – one the first black Major League Baseball player and the other the first Jewish baseball star. When Jackie and Hank Met by Cathy Goldberg Fishman is a terrific new picture book about that moment on May 17, 1947 when Robinson and Greenberg met during a close play at first base. Fishman’s book focuses on the two men who broke racial and religious barriers, and it’s a story that should inspire kids to learn more about both players.
The story of their meeting opens my biography of Hank Greenberg. Years ago, when I first heard the story I remember thinking that I had “found” my first page. Most kids know about Jackie Robinson, but Greenberg’s story is less familiar. The thought was to get them hooked with a story about Jackie Robinson and hope they continued reading.
Fishman’s idea was a good one – this story deserves its own book.
To read more about When Jackie and Hank Met, The Whole Megillah has a review: