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This was truly an excellent book Henry Aaron is now my hero
Baseball something I ve never given much thought to except back in something I ve never given much thought to except back in high when I had a crush on a boy named Brett a boy who saw the world through a baseball mitt Wow I think there will be parts of this book that will stick with me for a ong time I will now be one who wishes for the good ol days of baseball I oved the insight into the history of US racial struggles This book is up there with Hidden Figures as deep and profound I highly recommend this book Struggle through the baseball stats and descriptions because
THE REST OF THE BOOK WILL rest of the book will your world Hank Aaron is an American hero and he deserves respect He also deserves a decent biography by a man who doesn t smother his subject with an avalanche of faint praise backhanded compliments and and endless stream of defensive apologies from the author Howard Bryant tries "So Hard To Make Henry Aaron Into A Transcendent Figure "hard to make Henry Aaron into a transcendent figure yet the harder he tries the Hank just ooks The Trouble with Valentines like a nice not too bright guy who hit aot of home runs Mind you I m sure there s to Mr Aaron than that But Howard Bryant is not the man to tell you so This book is jlo Journal long and dull Youearn nothing about Henry Aaron s real personality You get a One Night...Twin consequences (The Monticello Baby Miracles lot of black history but no insight into how it formed this one individual s character Bryant keeps saying thingsike Henry wanted change and he was angry about how America was But just because he felt things deeply doesn t mean he was prepared to speak out That s fine for an ordinary guy But if you re trying to sell Henry Aaron as a hero the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic last hero noess you ve just got to come up with something out of the ordinary for proof Aside from hitting 755 homeruns that is Howard Bryant just can t do it So he keeps apologizing over and over making Hank The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City look smaller and smaller as the book drags on for hundreds of pages To make matters worse Bryant keeps bringing up two other black baseballegends Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays Every time Bryant describes Jackie in action whether defying whites off the field or on the book comes to The Holy Grail life This author has a great book in him all right but he needs a subject he genuinely admires That would be Jackie not Hank As for Willie Mays it gets even stranger Apparently Willie Mays beat Henry Aaron up or stole hisunch money or dissed him in some mysterious unstated way Now Henry Aaron hates Willie But we never really find out why Howard Bryant just goes out of the way to echo Aaron that Willie is mean selfish a two faced jerk whatever A ittle uote or two from Willie might have been nice Or from Willie s family Or from Tallullah BankheadAltogether this was such a tedious badly written book that it really made me want to read Henry Aaron s autobiography I HAD A HAMMER Because it had to be better than this I read this for a ook at the systemic racism that is still prevalent in today s society I chose this over I Had A Hammer thinking it would be a well rounded view Got some good stuff on baseball integration and some of the early black star players I agree with others that Henry is just not that forthcoming and the author struggled to describe his view of the game Bryant keeps referencing the racist hate mail of the early 70s that was covered so extensively in I Had A Hammer I thought he should have gone in depth with that shown Virgin Widow letter examples so that we could understand that mindset Having grown up south of Milwaukee I didearn much about that city s history both good and bad The Last Hero could have had about 100 pages edited out I still prefer Bob Gibson s memoir Stranger to the Game for its unflinching Wife in Exchange look at how baseball used to be played I picked up the audible book from theibrary It s The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, long Part of it could have been cut for in my opinion I don t see how it related to Henry sure it was baseball but I don t want to hear all baseball statistics for that time period Just what matters There just seemed to be too much of it Just give the important ones Rtc This biography is at its core a story about the heart of Hank Aaron At times Aaron was a prickly man prone to sulking while he played in the shadow of his contemporary Willie Mays and in a small media market While Aaron did not have the dazzling play making ability of Mays Aaron was the better hitter Interestingly Aaron and Mays grew up in Mobile Alabama and played against one another in high schoolAaron signed a contract with the Negro Leagues at the age of sixteen and did not co. In the thirty four years since his retirement Henry Hank Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude But his influence extends beyond statistics and atong ast here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures Based on meticulous. .
read The Last HeroRdered manager Eddie Matthews to eave him on the bench which prompted the ire of commissioner Bowie Kuhn Aaron would have a Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow long time enmity for KuhnBut on that Monday night in Atlanta three daysater Aaron did set the record at home Bryant chooses to uote Vin Scully s elouent call of the moment "It Is Over And For "is over And for first time in a The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid long time that poker face of Aaron shows the tremendous reliefWhat a marvelous moment for baseball What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia What a marvelous moment for the country and the world A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all time baseball idol And is a great moment for all of us and particularly for Henry AaronOf course underlying the Aaron story is what Philip Roth called the human stain race Aaron battled racism as did all black players in those days when they couldn t stay in the same hotels that their white teammates stayed in Aaron who today is 77 years old covered the period from when blacks couldn t play in the bigeagues to when the stadium in Mobile in which he wasn t allowed to attend or to play now bears his name It is an American story and no matter how often it is told is resonates with the courage of those who defied the odds and achieved greatnessBryant ends the book with the spot Aaron was put in with regard to Barry Bonds breaking his record It was a no win situation if Aaron showed any petulance it would be seen as sour grapes but to embrace it would have been a denial of Bonds obvious cheating Aaron hated cheating Gaylord Perry and his spitball was a Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys long time nemesis Aaron had noove for Bonds and would not travel around with him as he passed milestones but did finally tape a congratulatory message for him on the night Bonds hit home run 756The book which is at times as serious as an autopsy is well written but occasionally sloppily copy edited In one sentence two different dates are Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, listed for Aaron s second marriage Bryant is thorough but he has the uphill battle of trying to decipher a man who will not be solved I think this passage says it best At virtually every major stage in Henry Aaron s professionalife a familiar pattern would develop predictable as a 3 0 fastball He would excel on the field and somehow become wounded off of it slowly burning at yet another personal slight It was only after he d walked out the door embarking
on the next chapter of his Life Changing Smiles life that he would be rediscovered the people he deft behind realizingthe next chapter of his ife that he would be rediscovered the people he d eft behind realizing Only a Whisper late that the world without him seemed just a bit simpler The reassessment would always be the same Henry Aaron was a treasure after all He carried himself with such dignity And the people who wanted to celebrate him anew and be close to him and tell him how much he had touched them would always wonder why he appeared toive at a certain remove and why he did not seem particularly overjoyed by their sudden and heartfelt acknowledgmentIn Tiger Stadium one day in 1975 or 1976 I had the chance to see Henry Aaron in person while he played for the Milwaukee Brewers and he hit a home run The Tigers won the game but I think I was thrilled about seeing a bit of history Really enjoyed this book Great for history fans and baseball fans If you
Are Not Into Baseball I Would Passnot into baseball I would pass as a baseball fan and Milwaukee native I oved this Aaron s characteristic aloofness cripples this book from the outset He s so carefully guarded his persona and image that Bryant is forced to dwell on his statistics and his contributions to African American baseball but these aspects have been covered elsewhere and so feel pedantic and one sided here Bryant does his best with a difficult subject and has certainly co The author includes enough baseball for the baseball enthusiasts without drowning the reader in He does an astute job of studying Henry Aaron s character the strengths and the weaknesses thereof Sometimes the stories within the story ike the Braves move to Atlanta are at Brooklyn's Song least as interesting as the main character himself I am a very discerningong biography reader this is my 3rd of 500 pages Steven Jobs and Charles Schulz are the 2 others But I think if you choose to read this when you re done you Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide ll feel it was worth it This book is well researched and well reported as Howard got great access to Aaron and those necessary to tell a complete story Theength of the book is a necessity And if you re a big baseball fan I think that reading a Hank Aaron. Ll euality for African Americans both in baseball and society while he ived uncomfortably in the public eye Elouently written detailed and penetrating this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. .
Mplete high school He would become the Family of Her Dreams last Hall of Famer to have played in the Negro Leagues After two years there he was signed by the Braves in the Major Leagues and made his debut at 19 when Bobby Thompson broke his ankle Aaron won the MVP in 1957 in his third year the same year the Braves won the World Series He went on to make the All Star game for 20 of 21 years Of course Aaron is best remembered as the home run king who broke Babe Ruth s record Most people still recognize him as the all time home runeader due to the asterisk of the steroids eraAaron was never particularly close to other players nor those in the Hall of Fame community He was prideful of his achievements and had his share of fans Later in ife he improved his image and relationship with Cooperstown when he spoke out against Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and their alleged steroid use He indicated that no one could ever hit 70 home runs egally 5 stars This bio is exceptionally good at character study I felt Girls Night Out like I came away really knowing Hank Aaron and that is not easy to do Respect is all Aaron ever wanted Like many young baeball fans of the 1970s one of my favorite players was Hank Aaron the others were Al Kaline and Roberto Clemente I was at just the right age to be excited about his breaking of Babe Ruth s all time home run record and watchedive on April 8 1974 when he took Al Downing deep for number 715 At that time he was the toast of America but it was no secret as revealed in Howard Bryant s fine biography of Aaron The Last Hero that it was a trying time for the manHenry Aaron those who knew him never called him Hank was from Mobile Alabama He had Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) little formal baseball training but despite that he dreamed of being a pro player He didn t even play high school ball instead honing his skills by hitting bottle caps with sticks He signed with the Negro Leagues team the Indianapolis Clowns and thus before he retired in 1976 was theast active Major Leaguer who had played in those eaguesAaron was the first black player in the notoriously intolerant South Atlantic or Sally League where he played for Jacksonville He was such a good hitter that it was hard to keep him on the farm and he ended up on the Milwaukee Braves in 1954Bryant covers those early years closely The Braves who had just moved over from Boston were starting to form a good nucleus I was interested to read how teams were shaking the dust and contemplating movement The St Louis Cardinals "Thought About Moving To Houston And Bill Veeck Of The "about moving to Houston and Bill Veeck of the wanted to move to Milwaukee but ended going to Balti If the Braves ownership had hung on they might have ended up staying in Boston and the Red Sox would have moved as the atter would start on a several year period of doldrums Imagine how baseball would be different today without the Red Sox in BostonThe Braves would end up in the World Series in 1957 and 1958 both times playing the Yankees In 57 Aaron was MVP and they won in 58 they would be one of the few teams that would blow a 3 1 game eadAs the book goes on after that though the tone shifts from a seasonal diary to a general approach to the man The Braves who would move to Atlanta in 1966 would go to the postseason only once while Aaron was on the team in 1969 Instead Bryant focuses on Aaron s place in baseball history and the most elusive subject of all Aaron himselfBryant was able to interview Aaron for the book but he is the most incomplete character of the story Bryant in fact goes off on tangents that at times made me forget the main subject of the book particularly a chapter that is about Jackie Robinson than Aaron The truth appears to be that Aaron was a closed figure to most of the world and very few people got to know him After his career ended many thought he was bitter or angry He would be forever compared to Willie Mays and Aaron always thought he was a better hitterThe chapter detailing his chase of Ruth is terrific Aaron snuck up on the record it was thought Mays had the best chance but tailed off at the end of his career It was only after Aaron passed the 500 homer mark that people started taking him seriously In 1973 at 39 years old he hit 40 homers and ended the season one shy of Ruth Death threats had already started pouring in and he had his own security detail On the first day of the 1974 season in his first at bat Aaron hit number 714 off of Jack Billingham in Cincinnati The Braves management fearful he would set the record on the road Research and extensive interviews The Last Hero 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 fu. .