The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron - Howard Bryant




In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Aaron’s reputation
has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total
bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least thirty home
runs per season fifteen times, becoming the first player in history to
hammer five hundred home runs and three thousand hits). But his
influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first
definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures.


Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles
Aaron’s childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro
Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic
rivalry with Willie Mays—all culminating in the defining event of his
life: his shattering of Babe Ruth’s all-time home-run record.


also examines Aaron’s more complex second act: his quest to become an
important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended,
his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today’s tainted heroes,
and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally
broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball’s greatest


Bryant reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of
his time—fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from
racial progress—and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie
Robinson’s mission to obtain full equality for African-Americans, both
in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public
spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a
revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports
became an enduring American icon.

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Format : epub

Size: 6.9 Mb

ISBN : 9780307379245

Language : english

Pages: 1057


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