Hank Greenberg

Hall of Fame

First Base

1930—1947

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Player LeveL
Legend
All-time rank
#45
First Base RANK
#9

Player Detail

Henry Benjamin
GIVEN NAME
Greenberg
SURNAME
January 1, 1911, in New York, NY
BORN
September 4, 1986, in Beverly Hills, CA, USA
DIED
1930—1947
Playing Career
Played from 19-36
PLAYING AGE
Detroit Tigers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Teams Played For
First Base
PRIMARY POSITION
Detroit Tigers
PRIMARY TEAM
1935, 1945
World Series titles
Hammerin' Hank
NICKNAME
5
UNIFORM NUMBER
#4 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-3 / 210
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 14, 1930
Major League Debut
September 18, 1947
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Hank Greenberg?

The first jewish superstar in the big leagues, challenged Ruth’s single-season home run record.

70

HITTING

80

POWER

40

RUNNING

50

FIELDING

50

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
After missing four years and two months away from baseball while serving in World War II, Hank Greenberg returned in July of 1945 and hit a home run in his first game.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1394
1628
331
1274
.313
4 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
1935, 1940 AL MVP

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1937 Tigers

26 Years Old

.337
AVG
40
HR
184
RBI
137
RUNS
.436
OBP
200
HITS
49
2B
14
3B
.668
SLG
102
BB
8
SB
7.6
WAR
Batted .383 with 25 HR and 101 RBI in 77 games in Detroit.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.313
.412
.605

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.1017
.831
122.4

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
51.7
52.3

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Hank Greenberg Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Greenberg
511
160
103
37
7
33
126
84
83
6
309
246
.313
.412
.605
1017
AVG 1B
527
154
84
29
7
16
99
64
51
6
243
220
.292
.371
.460
.831

Hank Greenberg Rankings

AT First Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
9
21
14
19
24
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT First Base BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
21
6
9
10
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Hank Greenberg PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
55.7
47.7
33.8
22.5
6.47
62.1
42.4
30.7
21.0
5.09
BLUE = Hank Greenberg
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 1B

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
265.0
215.0
131.1
98.0
30.7
348.1
202.5
145.2
97.0
26.5
BLUE = Hank Greenberg
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 1B

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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