This Date in Baseball History – July 1

Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg, one of the most dominant players of the 1930s, made a very bold decision – after being initially rejected for military service in 1940, he insisted on being retested and joined the service. Then, discharged two days before the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor, he put his baseball career aside for three years to serve the United States in World War II. On this date in 1945, the two-time American League Most Valuable Player made his return to the Detroit Tigers

Mick Gillispie told the story of Greenberg’s return – and how he guided the Tigers back to the promised land – during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Montgomery Biscuits on Tuesday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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