We are currently raising funds for the re-release of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg on DVD. The DVD is no longer available to the public. As the production rights revert back to The Ciesla Foundation, we want to use this opportunity to reintroduce the film to a younger audience.

Secondly, the initial DVD never included outtakes that dealt with important subjects about the Golden Age of Baseball, Hank's managerial years, players' stories about World War II and marvelous fan and family stories. Of these many hidden treasures is a never used telephone interview with Ted Williams where the slugger speaks warmly of Hank as a fellow slugger and friend as well as additional footage of those who were previously in the film. We have also shot new interviews with Minnie Minoso and Jerry Reinsdorf.

We are confident that the 2 disc DVD will serve as an educational tool for those who want a panoramic view of the Golden Age of Baseball. It is my belief that this DVD will be used as a broad cultural study of history, sports, religion, and sociology at academic institutions nationwide. To best serve as a tool for educational institutions, a companion study guide as well as essays on Hank's importance as a player will be written and included in the DVD. This two disc DVD will be the definitive one on Hank Greenberg.

As we prepare for the DVD re-release, we have launched a blog, The blog is designed to create dialogue between fans of the movie and fans of the Golden Age of Baseball. We encourage those with baseball stories of the past to join in celebrating the triumphs of our heroes. In an era fraught with steroid use, it is important these stories remain as a lasting memory for baseball fans of all ages. It is through projects such as this, that we can preserve the past while looking towards the future.

To this day, fans still approach me asking for The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Though the DVD has been out of print for several years, Hank's memory is still very much alive today. By re-releasing the DVD with special features, we hope to give fans a second opportunity to watch their beloved film. Re-releasing The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg will resurrect the film while giving everyone a glimpse into the story behind the story. Launch events at baseball institutions, Jewish centers and bookstores will be scheduled to release this brand new product in time for spring training 2013.

With the help of your tax-deductible contribution to the Ciesla Foundation we can preserve the legacy of the slugger Hank Greenberg.

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Stephen and Myrna Greenberg
Alva Greenberg Fund
Linda and Glenn Greenberg
Abramson Family Foundation
Carol Brown and Hank Goldberg
Mary Jo Greenberg
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust
Major League Baseball
Ira M. Resnick
Rebecca and Arthur Samberg
The Rhoda and David Chase Family Foundation, Inc.
The Rita Poretsky Foundation
Cohn Family Philanthropic Fund
James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation
The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, Inc.
The Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation
Daniel Levin
Richard Savitt
Stephen Milman
Annette Insdorf and Mark Toporek
Bruce and Rhonda Brown
Hermelin Family Support Foundation
Jerry Reinsdorf
Matthew and Lena Steckel Frumin
Peggy Parsons
Shlenker Fund
Edith and Michael Gelfand Foundation
Rena and Michael Gordon
Douglas Jemal
Jonathan Kempner
Debra and Joshua Levin
Glenna and David Osnos
Jacqueline and Edward Cohen
Harolyn and Michael Cardozo
Theodore M. Fields
Tamara and Harry Handelsman
Robert Unger
Toby and Daniel Edelman
Lester S. Hyman
Nancy and Morris Deutsch
Maxwell Lapides
Craig McClure
Masaki A Kuwahata