djc-1934-07-06-0-006The official baseball season is still a month away, but spring training is now under way in Florida for the Detroit Tigers. Which means, from our armchairs and sofas, it is time to begin analyzing the rookies, reviewing the new faces the Tigers have signed, and making plans for attending a few games at Comerica Park this summer.

More than 80 years ago, in 1934, we might have been thinking about the youngster on the Tigers, Hank Greenberg, who was playing in just his second season in the major league. Greenberg was not yet the greatest Jewish player in history, but he was on his way at the age of 21. And, this cartoon from the July 6, 1934, JN tells the story.

I would also like to encourage you to visit the Detroit Jewish News Foundation website. If you like history, you’ll like our new feature page. It debuts on March 10 at and features pages from the JN about the 50th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Morris Adler, a community icon. The feature page also presents an opportunity to add your written memories and upload audio and video files regarding Rabbi Adler or any of our feature stories in the future. Please visit. You will like it.

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at

By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist



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