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Hank Greenberg

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Henry Benjamin Greenberg; born Hyman Greenberg (January 1, 1911 – September 4, 1986), nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank," "Hankus Pankus," or "The Hebrew Hammer," American professional baseball player and team executive. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the Detroit Tigers as a first baseman in the 1930s and 1940s; a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winner. He had 47 months of military service including service in World War II, all of which took place during his major league career. 

Greenberg re-enlisted as a sergeant on February 1, 1942, and volunteered for service in the Army Air Forces, becoming the first major league player to do so. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Air Corps (the new "Air Forces" service retaining the old name for its own logistics and training elements) and was assigned to the Physical Education Program.

World War II era U.S. Army Air Corps.; original 8 x 10 inch glossy fiber photograph officially published by the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Vernacular photograph of Greenburg inspecting the Turner Field Athletic Department; taken at Turner Air Force Base which was originally known as the Air Corps Advanced Flying School (Twin Engine), Albany, Georgia. Opened in June of 1941, the first class graduated in October. But on July 21, 1941, the name changed and the installation was officially designated as Turner Field in honor of 2nd Lt. Sullivan Preston Turner, a native of Georgia who was killed in an airplane accident at Langley Field, Virginia on May 23, 1940. (In January 1948, this designation was changed to Turner Air Force Base).

Verso bears original credit ink stamping.

In fine condition.

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TAGS: World War II, United States Army, Photography History

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