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Considered to be the first Jewish superstar in American team sports, Hank Greenberg slugged his way into Cooperstown via several explosive seasons with Detroit in the 1930s and '40s. Neither injury nor war could derail Greenberg's success. Hammerin' Hank missed nearly all of the 1936 season with a wrist injury, but returned the following season to amass a remarkable 184 RBIs. When the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, Greenberg answered the call, serving four years overseas before returning to the game in 1945. He rejoined the team midway through the year and didn't miss a beat, batting .311 and helping the Tigers win a pennant. This Reach Official League ball was signed by Greenberg in the early 1940s during his playing days and is personalized "To Lois Reedy, with best regards, Hank Greenberg." This beautiful, vintage example is one of the finest known; the ball and signatures each rate 6.0 and it comes with a PSA LOA.
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