Hank Aaron: Home Run Hero

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Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
For Hank Aaron life was all about baseball from the start. Born in segregated Mobile, Alabama in 1934, Aaron grew up playing sand lot baseball and was recruited to play in the Negro League while still in high school. His talents were soon recognized by scouts from the Major League and in 1952 he signed with the Braves, beginning with their minor league team, the Eau Claire Bears. Although Jackie Robinson and a few others blazed the trail, Aaron was among the first African-Americans to integrate professional baseball and this book in the "Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies" series recounts the many indignities Aaron and fellow black teammates faced on the road traveling for the Braves. The book also chronicles the racial tensions involved as Aaron drew closer to breaking Babe Ruth's Major League home run record. A good balance is struck throughout the book between recounting Aaron's childhood, his rise to the Major league, his amazing 23-year Major League baseball career as well as recording the prejudice he experienced along the way. Pull-out quotes at the beginning of the book from hate mail received by Hank Aaron as he got closer to beating Babe's Ruth record contrast nicely with quotes later in the book from letters in support of him. Direct quotes from Hank Aaron add color to the biography as do interesting sidebars providing cultural and historical context. Some of the black and white historical photos are of interest while others are fuzzy and hard to see but despite this flaw, this biography proves a solid and well-balanced reference. Back matter includes a chronology, glossary, a For Further Information section as well as an index. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778725473
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,506,062
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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