Hank Aaron passed away at age 86 according to a family friend.
Baseball has suffered some considerable losses in the past year: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Dick Allen, Tony Fernandez, Tom Seaver, Tommy Lasorda and Don Sutton, just to name a few.
But who could have seen this coming? It seemed as if Aaron would live forever. Baseball’s “true” home run king was probably the second most influential African-American player in the history of the sport after Jackie Robinson. And an undeniable national treasure and inspiration for all.
One Home Run Changed
Most can’t honestly understand what a single home run meant 46 years ago.
After all, we have seen so much change since April 8, 1974.
Heck, we even had a two-term African American president in Barack Obama.
If you think that was a pipedream in 1974, the same would be said about a black man having the most home runs in Major League Baseball history.
Before that historic…