The Design: Hank Greenberg was a giant on and off the field. Signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1929, Greenberg enjoyed one major league at-bat at the age of 19 in 1930 before heading to the minors for three seasons. In 1933, Greenberg commenced on what would become a Hall of Fame career. His first MVP award came in 1935 when, as a first baseman, he hit .328 with 46 Doubles and a league-leading 36 Home Runs and 168 RBIs. In 1940, Greenberg became the first player ever to win Most Valuable Player awards at two different positions when he hit .340 and led the league in Doubles (50), Home Runs (41), RBIs (150), Slugging (.670) and OPS (1.103) as a left fielder. A member of the Greatest Generation, Greenberg missed three full seasons and parts of two others during the prime of his career to serve his country during World War II. Greenberg served for 47 months in the United States military, longer than any other major league player. In his personal life and professional career, Greenberg endured hate and vitriol directed at him from players and fans alike because of his Jewish heritage. But Greenberg always stood strong in his Jewish identity and for what he felt was right, even when it was unpopular. On September 19, 1934, with the Tigers fighting for a playoff spot, Greenberg chose to sit out an important game that landed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and most sacred day of the year in Judaism. While Greenberg's decision upset Tigers fans and local press, it elevated his stature in the Jewish community in Detroit and among Jews across the country, to whom he is an icon to this day. Hank Greenberg played the majority of his career with the Tigers, ending his tenure in the Motor City in 1946. He was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1947 season, where he played 125 games in the final year of his career. During that season, Greenberg befriended a rookie named Jackie Robinson and helped him navigate a trying year that ultimately changed the game of baseball and the country. Greenberg was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1956. To read more on the 'Hebrew Hammer,' visit his Hall of Fame page here.
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