Hank Greenberg - Honors

Honors

Hank Greenberg's number 5 was retired by the Detroit Tigers in 1983.
  • American League Most Valuable Player, 1935 and 1940.
  • American League All-Star team, 1937–1940.
  • First Jewish player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1956. He garnered 85% of the votes. Joe Cronin was also elected that year.
  • In 1983, the Tigers celebrated "Greenberg-Gehringer Day" at Tiger Stadium, honoring Greenberg with the retirement of his uniform number 5 and former teammate Charlie Gehringer with the retirement of his number 2. Both players were on hand for the ceremony.
  • In 1999, despite injuries and wartime service that essentially limited him to half a career, he ranked Number 37 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
  • Member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1996).
  • Member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1979).
  • Member of the Jewish American Hall of Fame (1991).

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