The first definitive biography of Henry Aaron--baseball's great
home-run champion and one of its most enduring legends.
As the steroid controversy has increasingly tarnished baseball's
image, Hank Aaron's achievements have come to seem all the more
remarkable: the first player to pass Babe Ruth in home runs, Aaron
held that record for thirty-three years while shattering other
records (RBIs, total bases, extra-base hits) and setting new ones
(hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times). But
his achievements run much deeper than his stats. Chronicling the
social up-heavals of the years during which Aaron played (1954 to
1976), Howard Bryant shows us how the dignity and determination
with which he stood against racism--on and off the field, and as
one of the first blacks in baseball's upper management--helped
transform the role and significance of the pro-fessional black
athlete and turn Aaron into an national icon.
Eloquently written, detailed, and penetrating, this is a revelatory
portrait of both the great ballplayer and the complicated private
"From the Hardcover edition."
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