Hank Greenberg

January 1, 1911 – September 4, 1986

Hank Greenberg was a Hall of Fame baseball player who is widely regarded as one of the best sluggers of the 1930s and ’40s. Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank” (or “The Hebrew Hammer”) he was a 5-time All-Star, 2-time league MVP and won 2 World Series titles with the Detroit Tigers. He led the American League in home runs 4 times. Despite his historic success and consistent numbers, Greenberg is perhaps most fondly remembered for the nearly 4-year period in the middle of his career when he left baseball to serve in the Army before and during the United States’ involvement in World War II. After his military service concluded, he returned to the field and continued posting impressive stats. After 11 seasons in Detroit and a final year in Pittsburgh, Greenberg retired. His final career batting average was .313 and he hit a total of 331 home runs. Only history can speculate what those numbers would have looked like if he’d played the entire time. He went on to work in the Cleveland organization where he was instrumental in the continuing integration of African-American players into Major League Baseball. He died of kidney cancer at the age of 75.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Courts of the Book, Isaiah, Wall V, Crypt 340; Along the wall of outside wall crypts, Hank is buried in section V, 3rd row up in the far left column of a section of darker marble crypts.

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