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Ilip Roth called the human stain race Aaron battled racism as

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all black players in 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 big leagues 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 nds the book with the spot Aaron was put in with regard to Barry "Bonds Breaking His Record It "breaking his record It a no win situation if Aaron showed any petulance it would be seen as sour grapes but to Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, embrace it would have been a denial of Bonds obvious cheating Aaron hated cheating Gaylord Perry and his spitball was a long time nemesis Aaron had no love 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 copydited In one sentence two different dates are 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 ContamiNation every major stage in Henry Aaron s professional life a familiar pattern would develop predictable as a 3 0 fastball He wouldxcel 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 Taxi ins Glück embarking on the next chapter of his life that he would be rediscovered the people he d left behind realizing too 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 to live 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 Reallynjoyed this book Great for history fans and baseball fans If you are not into baseball I would pass But as a baseball fan and Milwaukee native I loved 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 lsewhere and so feel pedantic and one sided here Bryant does his best with a difficult subject and has certainly compiled a workable body of research ven if his vanilla writing doesn t really carry all of it Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas efficiently But again the subject remains distant so far out of reach on a pedestal that we neverngage with his story One almost feels Aaron s resentment at being scrutinized The Magic Rolling Pin even at this distance The detachment of the text is thus a major tradeoff we sense the reserve of Aaron himself but we never get to know him beyond the usual hard knock life story the flash of his wrists and the home run record A letdown not all orven mostly Bryant s fault but a letdown nonetheless The author includes Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, enough baseball for the baseballnthusiasts 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 like the Braves move to Atlanta are at least as interesting as the main character himself I am a very discerning long 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 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 The length of the book is a necessity And if you re a big baseball fan I think that reading a Hank Aaron bio is important at this timeThis book has plenty of good baseball detail to it but its strength is in telling the Not Without a Fight emotional story of Aaron you learn a lot about him as a person and aboutverything he had to deal with If you re a modest baseball fan you re probably familiar with the stories of Aaron receiving hate mail but there is so much to know beyond that including his relationships with his friends his teammates and his managerFull disclosure I worked on baseball coverage at ESPN when Howard was there and we correspond through social media a little bit that doesn t impact the revie. Ll Garden Bouquets and Beyond euality for African Americans both in baseball and society while he lived uncomfortably in the publicye Elouently written detailed and penetrating this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated private man who through sports became an The Unseen Wonder enduring American icon. This was truly anxcellent book Henry "NOW MY HERO BASEBALL SOMETHING I VE NEVER GIVEN "my hero Baseball something I ve never to The Management Bible except back in jr 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 long time I will now be one who wishes for the good ol days of baseball I loved 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 change 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 andndless stream of defensive apologies from the author Howard Bryant tries so hard to make Henry Aaron into a transcendent figure and yet the harder he tries the Hank just looks like a nice not too bright guy who hit a lot 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 long and dull You learn nothing about Henry Aaron s real personality You get a lot of black history but no insight into how it formed this one individual s character Bryant keeps saying things like 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 last hero no less 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 look smaller and smaller as the book drags on for hundreds of pages To make matters worse Bryant keeps bringing up two other black baseball legends Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays Every time Bryant describes Jackie in action whether defying whites off the field or on the book comes to 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 Zu schnell even stranger Apparently Willie Mays beat Henry Aaron up or stole his lunch 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 tocho Aaron that Willie is mean selfish a two faced jerk whatever A little 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 look 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 Sleepless (Bird of Stone, 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 thearly 70s that was covered so xtensively in I Had A Hammer I thought he should have gone in depth with that shown letter xamples so that we could understand that mindset Having grown up south of Milwaukee I did learn much about that city s history both good and bad The Last Hero could have had about 100 pages dited out I still prefer Bob Gibson s memoir Stranger to the Game for its unflinching look at how baseball used to be played I picked up the audible book from the library It s 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 complete high school He would become the 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 In the thirty four years since his retirement Henry Hank Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude But his influence xtends beyond statistics and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures Based on meticulous. S best remembered as the home run king who broke Babe Ruth s record Most people still recognize him as the all time home run leader due to the asterisk of the steroids raAaron 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 life 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 ver hit 70 home runs legally 5 stars This bio is Yummy Supper exceptionally good at character study I felt like I came away really knowing Hank Aaron and that is notasy to do Respect is all Aaron ver wanted Like many young baeball "fans of the 1970s one of my favorite players was Hank Aaron the "of the 1970s one of my favorite players was Hank Aaron the were Al Kaline and Roberto Clemente I was at just the right age to be xcited about his breaking of Babe Ruth s all time home run record and watched live 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 little formal baseball training but despite that he dreamed of being a pro player He didn t Deep Listening 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 the last active Major Leaguer who had played in those leaguesAaron 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 hended up on the Milwaukee Braves in 1954Bryant covers those arly 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 Browns wanted to move to Milwaukee but nded going to Balti If the Braves ownership had hung on they might have Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature ended up staying in Boston and the Red Sox would have moved as the latter would start on a several year period of doldrums Imagine how baseball would be different today without the Red Sox in BostonThe Braves wouldnd 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
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that would blow a 1 game leadAs 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 Lara and the Gray Mare (Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare, 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 careernded 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 Trajan 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 andnded 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 ordered manager Eddie Matthews to leave him on the bench which prompted the ire of commissioner Bowie Kuhn Aaron would have a long time Bunnys Book Club Goes to School enmity for KuhnBut on that Monday night in Atlanta three days later Aaron did set the record at home Bryant chooses to uote Vin Scully slouent call of the moment It is over And for the first time in a 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 Ph. Research and xtensive 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. ,

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    [Pdf Free] The Last Hero by Howard Bryant 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 and yet the harder he tries the Hank just looks like a nice not too bright guy who hit a lot of home runs

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