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Ten Essential Reads About Baseball Legend Hank Aaron

Remembering the life and legacy of an American hero who was bigger than sports.

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Hank Aaron, the Atlanta Braves slugger known as Hammerin’ Hank smashed Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974 by hitting his 715th career homer on his way to 755. But Aaron, who started his career in the segregated Negro Leagues, paid a bitter price for dethroning the white home run king, facing racist threats and abuse every step of the way. “If I was white, all America would be proud of me,” Aaron once said as he was closing in on Ruth. “But I am Black.”

Explore Henry Louis Aaron’s legacy on and off the baseball field with this collection of articles about Hammerin’ Hank, including memories of the night Aaron smashed Ruth’s record, the other staggering statistics he left behind, and reflections on Aaron’s civil rights legacy.

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