The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
David Halberstam writes of Baseball and Yom Kippur
David Halberstam recently wrote a piece for the USAToday the detailed the ties between American baseball and Yom Kippur. He writes of the stark differences in the way Jewish people were treated in the U.S. in the two different years. He talks about effects of Koufax and Greenberg’s decisions to skip games on the holiday, and about what the decisions symbolize. He also makes mention of our film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Read the full article here:
While Koufax is rightly lauded, Yom Kippur example set by Hank Greenberg
Aviva Kempner writes a Tribute to Yogi Berra
Partisans of Vilna director, Aviva Kempner, writes a guest blog post for thewrap.com about her encounter with Yogi Berra. Read the full story here.
The Ciesla Foundation Presents…
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a feature length documentary film about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended ethnic and religious prejudice to become a hero for all Americans. Hank Greenberg’s achievements during the “Golden Age of Baseball” in the thirties and forties rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. As America’s first Jewish baseball star, he helped break down the barriers of discrimination in American sports and society. Greenberg was a beacon of hope to millions of American Jews who faced bigotry during the Depression and World War II.
Special Edition DVD 2013
The Ciesla Foundation is proud to announce the DVD re-release of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg in April 2013. The previous DVD was out of print and no longer available to the public. The newly-released two disc commemorative DVD set includes over two hours of extras, drawn from the many outtakes that never made it into the original film, on subjects such as Hank’s managerial years, players’ stories about World War II and marvelous fan and family stories. Of these many hidden treasures is a never used telephone interview with Ted Williams where the slugger speaks warmly of Hank as a fellow slugger and friend as well as additional footage of those who were previously in the film. We have also shot new interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former player Minnie Minoso and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
In preparation for the DVD re-release, we launched a blog, thegoldenageofbaseball.com. The blog is designed to create dialogue between fans of the movie and fans of the Golden Age of Baseball. We encourage those with baseball stories of the past to join in celebrating the triumphs of our heroes. In an era fraught with steroid use, it is important these stories remain as a lasting memory for baseball fans of all ages. It is through projects such as this, that we can preserve the past while looking towards the future.
To this day, fans still approach me asking for The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Though the DVD has been out of print for several years, Hank’s memory is still very much alive today. By re-releasing the DVD with special features, we hope to give fans a second opportunity to watch their beloved film. Re-releasing The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg resurrects the film while giving everyone a glimpse into the story behind the story.
Three ways to purchase the new DVD
Order the DVD using PayPal or personal check. Click here to be taken to the Hank Greenberg Shop.
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner will be hosting numerous events to promote and sell copies of the new DVD. Click here for a listing of these events.
Visit the Ciesla Foundation office at 5005 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20008 during normal business hours to pick up your copy of the DVD in person.
To buy a copy of John Rosengren’s new biography of Hammerin’ Hank, Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, click here.
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