Hank Aaron’s Home Run Record Meant Everything 40 Years Ago. It Still Does

When Hall of Famer Henry Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, it was a moment that bonded father and son.

Hank Aaron waves to the crowd before the start of the Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park Aug. 2, 2013, in Milwaukee.
Hank Aaron waves to the crowd before the start of the Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park Aug. 2, 2013, in Milwaukee. Tom Lynn/Getty Images

Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of African and African-American studies at Duke University and a fellow at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is the author of several books, including Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. Follow him on Twitter.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

Comments