BenFred: Aaron’s legacy about a lot more than home runs


FILE – Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron smiles as he is honored with a street named after him outside CoolToday Park, the spring training baseball facility of the Atlanta Braves, in North Port, Fla., in this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, file photo. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died early Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves said Aaron died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Curtis Compton

Ben Frederickson

Let’s be sure to tell Henry Aaron’s full story.

The titan of baseball was the most prolific home run hitter who was not chemically altered.

He was a lead-by-example change-maker who refused to let abhorrent racism deter him from finding success on and off the field.

He was a historic figure who makes the word historic, so often overused these days, look too insignificant, too small.

Baseball is mourning once more.

When an Atlanta TV station broke the news Friday morning, you hoped it was fake. You hoped there had been some terrible mistake. You hoped a soon-to-be former employee at the station had accidently published a headline meant for a later day, one far down the road, when baseball and its fans had received more time to cope with a recent…

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