Hank Greenberg | File photo
Updated: March 10, 2014 6:08AM
Author John Rosengren will discuss the life of Hank Greenberg — a baseball Hall of Famer and America’s first Jewish sports star — as part of St. Xavier University’s 2014 John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum.
“Speaking of Greenberg” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Butler Reception Room of the Warde Academic Center on St. Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., according to a press release from the school. The event is free and open to the public.
Rosengren, author of “Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes,” will discuss the life of “Hammerin’ Hank,” the legendary slugger who spent much of his career playing first base for the Detroit Tigers during the 1930s and 1940s.
Rosengren plumbed military records, court documents, FBI files, immigration papers, census reports, Tiger archives, Major League Baseball daily logs and Greenberg’s personal scrapbooks, and also interviewed scores of surviving players and fans to unearth new details about Greenberg’s career and life, according to the press release.
From his dilemma over whether to play on the High Holy Days to the controversy surrounding Greenberg’s induction into the Army during World War II, Rosengren captures the essence of a complicated man: one who desired attention yet craved privacy; who was good-natured yet thin-skinned; and who was intelligent but blind to his public relations gaffes, the release said.
Rosengren is the author of seven books. His articles have appeared in more than 100 publications, ranging from Sports Illustrated to Reader’s Digest, the release said. With a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University, he has taught literature and writing at the high school and college levels. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Society for American Baseball Research, the release said.
The event is sponsored by St. Xavier’s Renaissance Academy. For more information, contact Kathleen Fassl at (773) 233-3770.