To warm up baseball fans for the March 31 start of Major League Baseball’s regular season, the University of Georgia’s George Foster Peabody Awards and Peabody Award Collection will present three baseball-themed documentaries that have won the coveted award. The films will all be screened in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library at 300 Hull Street. Admission is free, and the screenings open to the general public as well as UGA students, faculty and staff.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (March 13, 7:00PM) – A grand slam, it captures a game, a time, a place and an extraordinary life. Greenberg became baseball’s first Jewish star in the 1930s even as anti- Semitism flared at home and raged in Europe. Playing for the Detroit Tigers, he won the American League’s MVP award twice and came within two home runs of tying Babe Ruth’s single-season record in 1938. A 2001 Peabody winner, the film by Aviva Kempner includes rare footage and excerpts from a 1984 interview by Dick Schaap with the original “Hammerin’ Hank” himself.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff. For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, visit www.peabodyawards.com.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection is one of the largest broadcasting archives in the country, with over 250,000 titles preserved in film, audio and videotape, and other recording formats. The only public archive in Georgia devoted solely to the preservation of audiovisual materials, the Brown Media Archives holds programs dating from the 1920s to the present day. For more information, see http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/index.html or visit our exhibit space in UGA’s Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library.
Contact: Noel W. Holston, (706) 542-8983, firstname.lastname@example.org