Uncomfortable History Month: Hammer Time

Black History, like all history, is a mixed bag. Unfortunately, from the time the first slaves were transported to this continent until present, it seems that we keep taking two steps forward, then one step backward. Humans … seem to have an immense propensity for love, but also for hatred, and both are expressed in a myriad of ways. Brosephus’ post today shows us one of the uglier sides of humans and how it has played a role in Black History. Thanks, Bro!

The Mind of Brosephus

Day five, and what better topic is there than the Hammer himself. On this date in 1934, the greatest player to ever wear an Atlanta Braves uniform was born in Mobile, Alabama. Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron would leave Mobile and go on to become the homerun king of Major League Baseball.

I could go on all day about his career, but we all are pretty familiar with his stats. What makes his career even more impressive is when you realize that he accomplished all he did while under constant threat to both himself and his family. Just as revisionism portrays Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as someone who was supposedly beloved during his time on earth, Aaron wasn’t universally accepted and loved by America during his playing years.

I’ll give you just a few samples of the thousands upon thousands of hate letters he and the Braves organization received…

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  1. Jill, I put this comment on Brosephus’ post, but want to add it here for emphasis. Keith

    Brosephus, Henry Aaron was more than one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived, he was a class act. He took a lot of heat, not unlike Jackie Robinson, for excelling in baseball as he chased Babe Ruth’s record. He was not boastful, when he so easily could have been. He just quietly did his job and did it better than almost everyone. He, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, et al are names from an era where Black players got opportunity and excelled at the previously restricted sport. Keith


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