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Beverly Hills home of Detroit Tigers great Hank Greenberg pulls in $7.75 million

Beverly Hills home of Detroit Tigers great Hank Greenberg pulls in $7.75 million
Hank Greenberg, center, bought the Beverly Hills estate in 1974 for $258,000. The roughly three-quarter-acre property recently sold for $7.75 million. (Associated Press)

The former home of Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Greenberg has sold in Beverly Hills for $7.75 million.

The gated estate, sitting on a cul-de-sac near Franklin Canyon Reservoir, was pending sale in mid-December and closed in about a month and a half, according to the Multiple Listing Service. It had been listed for $8.7 million.

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Built in 1957, the single-story main house was designed by architect Craig Ellwood as part of the Case Study program. Through the years, the original steel-framed design home was extensively remodeled and altered to reflect an interpretation of the Hollywood Regency style.

Within the 3,384-square-foot main house is an open living room, a sitting room, a formal dining room and a library/den. The kitchen, which has a wide island/breakfast bar, has been updated. There are four fireplaces.

Outside, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a swimming pool and a covered pavilion lie within the roughly three-quarter-acre site. A large motor court with a fountain sits just beyond the front entrance.

Greenberg, who died in 1986 at 75, was a star first baseman for the Detroit Tigers during the 1930s and '40s. He became the third owner of the home in 1974, paying $258,000 for it.

Following his death, the property was conveyed to Greenberg's widow, actress Mary Jo Tarola, better known by her screen name, Linda Douglas. She lived there until her death last year.

Amy Dantzler and Daniel Banchik of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties were the listing agents. Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.

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