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The Last Hero - A Life of Henry Aaron

Howard Bryant

In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times, becoming the first player in history to hammer five hundred home runs and three thousand hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures. Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles Aaron's childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays-all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron's more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended, his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today's tainted heroes, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball's greatest scandal. Bryant 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 full equality for African-Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. From the Hardcover edition.

In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times, becoming the first player in history to hammer five hundred home runs and three thousand hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures. Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles Aaron's childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays-all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron's more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended, his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today's tainted heroes, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball's greatest scandal. Bryant 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 full equality for African-Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. From the Hardcover edition.
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In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times, becoming the first player in history to hammer five hundred home runs and three thousand hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures. Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles Aaron's childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays-all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron's more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended, his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today's tainted heroes, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball's greatest scandal. Bryant 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 full equality for African-Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dominic Hoffman

Length:

9h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:05


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:25


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:34