How Hank Aaron overcame virulent racism few others have experienced
Hall of Famer and one-time home run king Atlanta Braves legend Henry Louis'' Hank "Aaron passed away this morning, Jan. 22, 2021, at the age of 86. - Globe Photos/Globe Photos via ZUMA Wire/TNS

CHICAGO — We all remember exactly where we were on the night of April 8, 1974: parked in front of our TVs waiting on Hank Aaron to make history. The wait didn’t last too long. After walking on five pitches in the second inning, Aaron took the first delivery from Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Al Downing in the fourth and deposited it into the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen behind the left-field fence for his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king. He did it before a packed house of 53,766 in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, and with a national television audience glued ...