In an essay in The Atlantic, Homelands co-founder Sandy Tolan shares what he learned from the baseball legend, who died on January 22. Aaron was Sandy’s childhood hero and the subject of his first book, Me and Hank. His story resonates far beyond the realm of sport.
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The story of a boy and his hero, baseball slugger Hank Aaron, 25 years after Aaron’s traumatic chase for baseball’s all-time career home run record, and an exploration of the hatred Aaron endured in chasing a white man’s record.