Memories of another
Letter No. 180 | June 18, 2000
Nanty Glo Letter 150, titled Memories of a Baseball Hero, discussed Hal Newhouser, an old Detroit Tigers 1940's baseball player. Another Tiger teammate, Hank Greenberg, from the same era has recently been resurrected in a movie. Both players were boyhood baseball heroes of mine. The movie, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, is being shown in limited engagements at theaters.
Since Hank was Jewish, the movie brings attention to social issues of both past and present, like anti-Semitism. Also, the adage, What goes around, comes around, proved to be true recently when the Tigers and Chicago Cubs met in interleague play for the first time in 55 years. The two teams last met in the 1945 World Series won by the Tigers in seven games, and Greenberg and Newhouser proved to be the stars. The Cubs have been in a long drought since, not winning any pennants after that meeting.