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From an impoverished childhood in rural Alabama, Henry "Hank" Aaron overcame all of the indignities of segregation to become an immortal hero in world sports, baseball's home run king. He made the leap to the major leagues in 1954, as the Supreme Court was striking down the legal basis of segregation. In 1957, as federal troops escorted black students to school in Little Rock, Arkansas, Hank Aaron was leading the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series Championship. One of the most consistently effective offensive players in the history of the game, he is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in 15 separate seasons. His exploits on the diamond opened doors for those who followed, but even in baseball, one formidable barrier remained.

When Aaron's tally of career home runs began to approach that of record-holder Babe Ruth, he was deluged with racist hate mail, letters threatening his life and his family for daring to challenge the record of a white champion. With unshakeable determination and unwavering grace under pressure, Hank Aaron went about his business: hitting home runs. On April 8, 1974, he shattered the record that had stood for 35 years, and with it, the last vestige of the obstacles that had barred athletes of color from the front ranks of American sport.

He retired in 1977, with 755 home runs, a record that stood for another 33 years. In addition to the home run title, he held more batting records than any player in the history of the sport, including the records for total bases (6,838) and runs batted in (2,297). After his 23 seasons in the major leagues, he achieved continued success as a businessman, and his proudest accomplishment, the creation of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, to enable disadvantaged young people to achieve their own ambitions.

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