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Reading Baseball: Baseball's first great Jewish star

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American Jewish leaders are concerned about a major increase in antisemitic incidents.

While Jackie Robinson understandably received a lot of attention for the racial taunts and threats he received for breaking baseball’s color barrier, Hank Greenberg received his own version of anti-Semitic taunts as the game’s first great Jewish star.

In the latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson examines Greenberg’s Hall of Fame career.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard “Pete” Peterson, co-author with his son Stephen, of The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates and the editor of The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

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