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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:

21h 55m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:29


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:46


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:05


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:07


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:38


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:06


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:22


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:56


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:52


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:38


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:29


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:02


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:39


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:45


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:31


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:27


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

09:46


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:16


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:48


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:45


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:34


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:59


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:29


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:51


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:15


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:19


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:20


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:02


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:54


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:50


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:54


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:23


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:07


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:00


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:22


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:44


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:53


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:23


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:46


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:40


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:50


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:02


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:49


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:42


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:41


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:12


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:35


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:48


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:35


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:47


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:28


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:32


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:12


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

09:41


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:44


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:14


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:18


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:01


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:16


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

09:02


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

09:01


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:14


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:25


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:35


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:53


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:07


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

07:04


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:55


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:57


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

08:11


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:41


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:07


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:38


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:01


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

07:56


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:27


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

09:05


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

08:37


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:05


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

08:01


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:10


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:15


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:38


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

08:46


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:35


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:16


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:27


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:18


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:47


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

09:23


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

09:22


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:53


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

06:09


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

08:15


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:55


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

00:30