Hank is my hero. Great article his momentous day on April 8.
It was 43 years ago today that Hank Aaron became baseball’s all-time home run king. Aaron awoke that morning perched atop baseball’s most coveted leader board; tied with the larger than life and most legendary sports figure in the world, George Herman Ruth. The world had been watching and waiting for months as all ears and eyes became focused on the bat in Aaron’s hands. It would be those hands and the flick of those wrists that would propel the game’s most talented yet unassuming men into immortality. For years, Aaron had been chasing the record with his particular brand of quiet excellence. Often in the shadow of the flashier talents of the era – players like Mantle, Mays, and Robinson.
Pitcher Claude Osteen once said of Aaron, “You have a better chance of slapping a live rattlesnake across the face and getting away with it than you…
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