Weekend planner — film
With a batting record rivaling those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, “Hammerin’ Hank” Greenberg is known as one of the great sluggers in baseball history. As the first Jewish superstar in American professional sports, he’s also revered for having served as a beacon of pride to American Jews during the Depression and World War II, withstanding anti-semitic reaction when he refused to play on Yom Kippur during the 1934 pennant race and stepping forward to become one of the few players to publicly welcome Jackie Robinson to the major leagues.
“The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” a 1998 documentary about the Detroit Tigers first baseman, assembled from interviews with family members, friends, fellow ballplayers, sports commentators and fans, will be screened Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St. in Amherst. $8 general admission; $6 members; $4 students. 256-4900