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‘High and Tight’ celebrates Hank Greenberg: The Jewish Slugger

On the 100th anniversary of Greenberg’s birth, Ray Robinson remembers the man, the player, and the prejudice he overcame. ----- Before A-Rod and Pujols, before even Maris and Mantle, only one hitter ever challenged Babe Ruth's now-broken record for home runs in a season. It was Hank Greenberg, prodigious slugger for the Detroit Tigers and one of the most feared hitters in 1930s tand 1940s baseball. Greenberg, with his 6'4'' frame and premier power, was also Jewish. On the 100th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s birth, acclaimed sports biographer Ray Robinson remembers the man, the player, and the prejudice he overcame in High and Tight: Hank Greenberg Confronts Anti-Semitism in Baseball. In this original ebook, newly published by Now and Then Reader, Robinson explains that anti-Semitism in baseball largely mirrored that of the greater American society, prompting many Jews--ballplayers or otherwise--to change their names. While Greenberg certainly wasn't the only Jewish player in the game, at times he felt a sense of isolation. Yet his stellar play and good nature helped break down the contemporary stereotypes of Jewish athletes as weaklings and won him the admiration of those who both played and loved the game. High and Tight, available for e-readers through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Google Books, offers an original look at baseball’s true gentleman, whose home runs became something of a symbolic assault on Hitler and American anti-Semitism. Frequent New York Times contributor Ray Robinson is the author of the widely acclaimed biography Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time, as well as biographies of Knute Rockne, Will Rogers, and Stan Musial. High and Tight headlines a growing list of short-form nonfiction books published by Now and Then Reader, the newly launched digital publishing house founded by Ivan R. Dee, former chief editor of Quadrangle Books and president of Ivan R. Dee Inc. and Chandos Erwin, managing director of Oatmeal Beach. Now and Then titles are quick reads, typically ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 words in length, and concentrating on writings that are historically based. The company’s list emphasizes original works but also includes excerpts from forthcoming books and reprints of material that otherwise isn’t readily available for e-readers. Additionally, a selection of free ebooks will be released each month to accompany Now and Then’s paid content. Now and Then Reader’s nonfiction titles and contributors are profiled on the company’s website, at www.nowandthenreader.com. Previews of each title are available on the site and via the company’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/nowandthenreader. For a review copy of High and Tight or to schedule an interview with Ray Robinson please contact Chandos Erwin at chandos(at)nowandthenreader(dot)com or (310) 929-7927 About Now and Then Now and Then Reader LLC is a digital publisher of serious nonfiction. Co-founded by Ivan R. Dee, former president of Ivan R. Dee, Inc., and Chandos Erwin, interactive director at Oatmeal Beach LLC, Now and Then Reader publishes original works, excerpts from forthcoming books, and reprints of material that otherwise is not readily available for e-readers. For a complete list of Now and Then nonfiction books visit: www.nowandthenreader.com Follow Now and Then on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/nowandthenreader Follow Now and Then on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/nowthenreader Join Now and Then on Google+ at: https://plus.google.com/104383144090185583615 ###

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