The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
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Hank Greenberg was the first great Jewish star in baseball; at a time when the game was still racially segregated, Greenberg became a first-class hitter for the Detroit Tigers (a host city not always known for its tolerance, as the career of Father Charles Coughlin will prove), nearly beating Babe Ruth's home run record and becoming one of the game's best loved figures (he was also a friend and confidant to Jackie Robinson as he was breaking baseball's color barrier). Hank Greenberg became a powerful role model in America's Jewish community, and this documentary follows his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Aviva Kempner hits a grand slam in her thrilling documentary about baseball, about a great baseball player, about Jews in America and about the country itself in the 1930s and 1940s."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Aviva Kempner's documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg does what a historical documentary should do. It tells an inspiring story while bringing the past to life and illuminating issues that persist today."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"A moving tribute to an overlooked American icon who invariably exhibited an admirable combination of integrity, humility and loyalty."
‑ Kam Williams,
"This gem will lift the spirits of baseball fans."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Kempner's movie is not for baseball fanatics only. 'Greenberg' paints a vivid portrait of America in the first half of the century..."
‑ James Sanford,
"The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a gem of a baseball documentary because it illuminates what the Hall of Famer's splendid career meant away from the ballpark."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Aviva Kempner's documentary celebration of the Detroit Tigers first baseman defines one of those instances-- rarer than sportswriters admit -- in which a champion athlete becomes a genuine, all-around hero."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Greenberg led by quiet example -- and left an indelible mark on thousands of young lives, not to mention a plaque in baseball's Hall of Fame."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"Emphasizes the positive moments in his career, and the film is loose-limbed and ingratiating‚"much like Greenberg himself, who appears in interviews throughout his career."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"An excellent example of the kind of sound, conventional documentary that's consistently interesting and informative, even if it never tries anything new."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Aviva Kempner's warm and intelligent mash note to a man who clearly deserved it."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Hank Greenberg is an unabashed paean and just a joy to watch. It should be required viewing for all modern athletes who disregard their role-model status."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"A warmly human look at the career of major-league baseball's most famous Jewish star."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A fine, straightforward tribute to a sports giant who faced blatant prejudice and paved away for the likes Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and other minorities..."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you're a baseball fan, you shouldn't miss this film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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