When Jackie and Hank Met by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

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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:

http://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/book-review-when-jackie-and-hank-met-by-cathy-goldberg-fishman/

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