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Hank Aaron's Boundary-Shattering 715th Home Run

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In 1974, Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth's all-time home run record. But in the run up to this amazing feat, he faced a number of racially motivated threats. Here, we examine what breaking that record meant.

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Henry "Hank" Aaron didn't aim to become Major League Baseball's home run king, nor did he intend to grow into a Civil Rights icon. But because of his remarkable strength, both in power and in character, he became both. This is the story of Hammerin' Hank, a victim of discrimination and bigotry his whole life, from his Alabama upbringing through his days in the Negro League and notably during his quest to capture Babe Ruth's home run crown. Through it all, he stayed focused, stood up to every challenge, and 755 big swings later, became a legend.

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