December 1, 2021

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      Hammerin’ Hank passes away, legacy lives on

      Henry Aaron, one of baseball’s finest stars of the Negro Leagues and a man who transcended the game into the Major Leagues, passed away on Jan. 22 at the age of 86. Hammerin’ Hank broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1974 (755) and not only helped break the racial divide, but also did it while reportedly receiving thousands of death threats a day. “Through his long career, Hank Aaron has been a model of humility, dignity and quiet competence. He did not seek the adoration that is accorded to other national athletic heroes. Yet, he has now earned it,” said former Georgia Congressman Andrew Young shortly after the 1974 performance. He was more than just a baseball player, but a man who demanded equality as a civil rights activist and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
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