SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Hank Greenberg

Henry Benjamin Greenberg, nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank", "Hankus Pankus", or "The Hebrew Hammer", was an American professional baseball player and team executive. He played in Major League Baseball 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 Award winner, he was one of the premier power hitters of his generation and is considered as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, he had 47 months of military service including service in World War II, all of which took place during his major league career. Greenberg played the first twelve of his thirteen major league seasons for Detroit, he was an American League All-Star for four seasons and an AL MVP in 1935 and 1940. He had a batting average over.300 in eight seasons, won two World Series championships with the Tigers. He was the AL home run leader four times and his 58 home runs for the Tigers in 1938 equaled Jimmie Foxx's 1932 mark for the most in one season by anyone but Babe Ruth, tied Foxx for the most home runs between Ruth's record 60 in 1927 and Roger Maris' record 61 in 1961.

Greenberg was the first major league player to hit 25 or more home runs in a season in each league, remains the AL record-holder for most runs batted in in a single season by a right-handed batter. In 1947, Greenberg signed a contract for a record $85,000 salary before being sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played his final MLB season that year. After retiring from playing, Greenberg continued to work in baseball as a team executive for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. Greenberg was the first Jewish superstar in American team sports, he attracted national attention in 1934 when he refused to play on Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday in Judaism though he was not observant religiously and the Tigers were in the middle of a pennant race. He was one of the few opposing players to publicly welcome African-American player Jackie Robinson to the major leagues in 1947. Hank Greenberg was born Hyman Greenberg on January 1, 1911, in Greenwich Village, New York City, to Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents David and Sarah Greenberg, who owned a successful cloth-shrinking plant in New York.

He was Jewish, had two brothers, four years older, Joe, five years younger, who played baseball, a sister, two years older. His family moved to the Bronx, he attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx, where he was an outstanding all-around athlete and was bestowed with the long-standing nickname of "Bruggy" by his basketball coach. His preferred sport was baseball, his preferred position was first base. In high school basketball, he was on the Monroe team. In 1929, the 18-year-old 6-foot-4-inch Greenberg was recruited by the New York Yankees, who had Lou Gehrig at first base. Greenberg turned them down and instead attended New York University for a year, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu, after which he signed with the Detroit Tigers for $9,000. Greenberg played minor league baseball for three years. Greenberg played 17 games in 1930 for the Hartford Senators played at Raleigh, North Carolina, for the Raleigh Capitals, where he hit.314 with 19 home runs. In 1931, he played at Evansville for the Evansville Hubs in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League.

In 1932, at Beaumont for the Beaumont Exporters in the Texas League, he hit 39 homers with 131 RBIs, won the MVP award, led Beaumont to the Texas League title. When he broke into the major leagues in 1930, Greenberg was the youngest MLB player. In 1933, he hit.301 while driving in 87 runs. At the same time, he was third in the league in strikeouts. See note in Footnotes section below. In 1934, his second major-league season, he hit.339 and helped the Tigers reach their first World Series in 25 years. He led the league in doubles, with 63, extra base hits, he was third in the AL in slugging percentage – behind Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig, but ahead of Babe Ruth, in RBIs, sixth in batting average, seventh in home runs, ninth in on-base percentage. Late in the 1934 season, he announced that he would not play on September 10, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, or on September 19, the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Fans grumbled, "Rosh Hashanah comes every year but the Tigers haven't won the pennant since 1909."

Greenberg did considerable soul-searching, discussed the matter with his rabbi. Greenberg hit two home runs in a 2–1 Tigers victory over Boston on Rosh Hashanah; the next day's Detroit Free Press ran the Hebrew lettering for "Happy New Year" across its front page. Columnist and poet Edgar A. Guest expressed the general opinion in a poem titled "Speaking of Greenberg", in which he used the Irish names Murphy and Mulroney; the poem ends with the lines "We shall miss him on the infield and shall miss him at the bat / But he's true to his religion—and I honor him for that." The complete text of the poem is at the end of Greenberg's biography page at the website of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The Detroit press was not so kind regarding the Yom Kippur decision, nor were many fans, but Greenberg in his autobiography recalled that he received a standing ovation from congregants at the Shaarey Zedek synagogue when he arrived. Absent Greenberg, the Ti

Teruo Nimura

Teruo Nimura is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. Nimura was born in Kyoto on May 2, 1943. After graduating from Waseda University, he joined Toyo Industries in 1966; the club won Emperor's Cup 2 times. This was the greatest era in Toyo Industries history, he retired in 1976. He scored 16 goals in the league. In December 1970, Nimura was selected Japan national team for 1970 Asian Games. At this competition, on December 10, he debuted against Malaysia, he played 5 games for Japan in 1970. After retirement, Nimura became a manager for Mazda as Aritatsu Ogi successor in 1981. However, in 1983 season, the club finished at the bottom place and was relegated to Division 2 first time, he resigned end of 1983 season. Teruo Nimura at National-Football-Teams.com Japan National Football Team Database

George Ho

George Ho Cho-chi, GBS, OBE, JP was a Hong Kong media mogul. The fifth son of the influential businessman Robert Hotung, George Ho was the founder of the Commercial Radio Hong Kong and Commercial Television. George Ho was the illegitimate son of Robert Hotung the most influential Eurasian compradore in Hong Kong, Kate Archer. George was bequeathed a substantial amount of money indirectly, his grandfather through Robert Hotung was a Jewish Dutch man Charles Maurice Bosman. George Ho studied at Hong Kong and the University of California, Berkeley. Instead of joining the family flagship company, George Ho founded his own business, Commercial Radio Hong Kong by obtaining a radio broadcasting licence through the connections and HK$50,000 inheritance from his father. George Ho became an influential tycoon in the colony, he branched out into television, founding Commercial Television in 1975. But the station closed three years later, he had been director of Jardine Matheson Holdings, Hongkong Land and Bank of East Asia.

In 2001, George Ho was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star for his contribution to society. His son, George Joseph Ho, succeeded him as chairman of Commercial Radio. Four big families of Hong Kong