Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg
Birthdate 1/1/1911
Death Date 9/4/1986
Debut Year 1930
Year of Induction 1956
Teams Pirates, Tigers
Positions Executive, First Base, Left Field

1940 MVP Hank Greenberg played in only 19 games from 1941-1944. He served 47 months in the military, all during his playing career.

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Hank Greenberg agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

Hank Greenberg agrees to lend his name to the Babe Ruth Foundation Advisory Board in 1977

In 1977 Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson mailed current and former stars of the game requesting their consent to lend their name to the Babe Ruth Advisory Board. Hank Greenberg agreed to this, writing, “Please send
Bob Lemon 1953 contract with Hank Greenberg signature

Bob Lemon 1953 contract with Hank Greenberg signature

As general manager of the Indians, Hank Greenberg was responsible for negotiating contract with the Cleveland players. Shown here is a contract offering Hall of Famer hurler Bob Lemon $40,000 for the 1953 season. The first page of the Uniform Player’s Contract has
2nd page of Bob Lemon 1953 contract

2nd page of Bob Lemon 1953 contract

The second page of Bob Lemon’s deal stipulates that the club may terminate the contract if the player shall at any time, “fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct of good citizenship and good sportsmanship, or keep himself in first class condition.” It also puts forth
Signature page of contract with Hank Greenberg autograph

Signature page of contract with Hank Greenberg autograph

Though Bob Lemon never signed the contract, Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg did in his capacity as Indians’ general manager. A nice association piece for the to Cooperstown compadres, this piece originated from the Bob Lemon estate. Greenberg’s signature is found next to the date
Page 4 of Bob Lemon's 1953 player's contract

Page 4 of Bob Lemon's 1953 player's contract

The final page of the contract contains more legal stipulations for both the pitcher and the team. Bob Lemon reached the All Star game for the sixth consecutive season in 1953 and won 21 games. The following season was his seventh and final All Star appearance. He completed his career with 207 wins
Hank Greenberg signed 3x5 index card

Hank Greenberg signed 3x5 index card

Two-time American League Most Valuable Player Hank Greenberg has signed his name on this 3×5 index card. The 13-year veteran of the big leagues, Greenberg missed 47 months during his career while he served in the armed forces during World War II. The first MLB player to hit 25 or more homers in

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