As Atlanta Braves and sports fans know, April 8 is a day for celebrating the accomplishments of Henry Aaron. April 8 is the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s home run No. 715. It’s also the Atlanta Braves home opener and Aaron will be honored at the game and throughout the 2014 baseball season.
Aaron is credited with playing a major role in promoting baseball and in leading a disciplined life as an athlete, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He endured racial prejudice, even in his high-pressure quest to break Babe Ruth’s homerun record of 714 four decades ago. Aaron, 80, is a widely respected man. For the overview of Aaron’s life in the online New Georgia Encyclopedia, click here.
Books on Hank Aaron in the Cobb County Public Library System include adult and juvenile items, such as:
- I had a hammer: the Hank Aaron story by Hank Aaron with Lonnie Wheeler
- The last hero: a life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant
- Hank Aaron and the home run that changed America by Tom Stanton
- Hank Aaron: brave in every way by Peter Golenbock
- Hank Aaron by Jamie Poolos