Greenberg, Hank

Greenberg, (Henry Benjamin) Hank

(1911–86) baseball player; born in New York City. During his 13-year career as a first baseman for the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates (1930–47), he hit 331 homeruns and twice won the league Most Valuable Player award (1935, 1940). In 1938 his 58 homeruns nearly eclipsed Babe Ruth's single season record of 60. As one of the first major leaguers to enlist in the military during World War II, Greenberg lost almost four full seasons of playing time (1941–45). Upon his retirement, he served as general manager of the Cleveland Indians (1948–57), and vice-president of the Chicago White Sox (1959–63). He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1956.
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Veeck, 328; Greenberg, Hank, Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life, Chicago: Triumph, 2001.
Seasonal home runs POS PLAYER YEAR ADJ-HR REAL-HR RP ([dagger]) 1 Bonds, Barry * 2001 74 73 1 2 McGwire, Mark 1998 70 70 2 3 Sosa, Sammy * 1998 65 66 3 4 Sosa, Sammy * 2001 64 64 5 5 Maris, Roger 1961 63 61 7 6 McGwire, Mark 1999 62 65 4 7 Sosa, Sammy * 1999 59 63 6 8 Ruth, Babe 1927 58 60 8 9 McGwire, Mark 1997 57 58 10T 10 Mays, Willie 1965 56 52 22T 11T Ruth, Babe 1921 55 59 9 19T Foxx, Jimmie 1932 53 58 10T 29T Greenberg, Hank 1938 52 58 10T 81T Ruth, Babe 1919 46 29 *** 95T Freeman, Buck 1899 45 25 *** 119T Schulte, Frank 1911 44 21 *** 165T Cravath, Gavvy 1915 42 24 *** 165T Wilson, Chief 1912 42 11 *** b.
The three players to hit 40 or more homers in a season who have the same first name of Hank are Hank Greenberg, Hank Sauer and Hank Aaron.