Beautiful Colorization of Hank Greenberg by Don Stokes!

Beautiful Colorization of Hank Greenberg by Don Stokes!

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Beautiful Colorization of Hank Greenberg by Don Stokes! 

Every time we think we’ve seen Don Stokes’ best effort, our resident baseball artist somehow manages to outdo himself. Well, he’s done it again. So I’ll say it one more time: This may be Don’s best effort yet!

We know Don does extensive research for his work, so we can always be sure of the accuracy of the colors. Check out the patch on Hank’s sleeve. That’s the Baseball Centennial patch, commemorating baseball’s 100th anniversary (1839-1939). That tells us the photo is from the 1939 season. 

This also gives me a chance to say a few words about the career of the great slugger, Hank Greenberg. We featured Hank recently, but this colorization is so beautiful that I’m happy for the opportunity to do it again.

Hank Greenberg was one of the premier power hitters of his generation and is widely considered as one of the best hitters ever. He played 13 seasons in the major leagues (1930-’47), with three seasons lost to military service. Known for his success with the Tigers (1930, 1933-’41, 1945-’46), he also played for the Pirates (1947). That year he was one of the few opposing players to welcome Jackie Robinson to the major leagues.

Over his career, the four-time All-Star hit .313, with 337 home runs,1276 RBIs, .412 on-base percentage, .605 slugging average, and 158 OPS+ (100 being the major league average), hitting over .300 eight times. Hank had many great seasons, but his best might be 1937 when he hit .337, with an American League record 184 RBIs, 40 home runs, 49 doubles, 14 triples, 137 runs, .436 on-base percentage, .668 slugging average, and 171 OPS+

Hank was a two-time American League MVP (the first player to win the award in two different positions), a four-time home run leader, a four-time RBI leader, and a member of four Tiger pennant winners and two World Series championships. Greenberg was the first major league player to hit 25 or more home runs in a season in each league. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956.

Gary Livacari

Photo Credits: Photo Credits: Featured photo colorized by Don Stokes: https://www.facebook.com/Don-Stokes-Old-Time-Baseball-Colorizations-923346241033508/; All others from Google search

Information: Baseball Reference.com.

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I'm a baseball historian who also loves to write. My forte is identifying ballplayers in old photos, and my specail interest is the Dead Ball Era.

1 Comment

  1. Larry Rockensuess · January 2, 2018 Reply

    Hi Gary!

    Did you know that Hank Greenberg had to endure many of the same things that Jackie Robison did just because he was Jewish! — Larry

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