Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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In 1965, when Sandy Tolan was nine, his hero left town. Unlike other Milwaukee Braves fans, Sandy continued to follow Hank Aaron and his teammates, even though they were now seven hundred miles south in Atlanta. In 1973, as Aaron closed in on Babe Ruth's career home run mark, the black slugger received racist hate mail by the ton. Shocked, Sandy wrote his hero a letter of support. A few weeks later, Aaron responded. Dear Sandy, Aaron wrote. Your letter of support and encouragement meant much more to me than I can adequately express in words. Twenty-five years later, Tolan embarked on a journey to meet his oldhero and to understand, through family, teammates, and civil rights leaders, a legacy of courage and dignity that resonates far beyond the playing field. Me and Hank explores the landscape between a hero's aspirations and the reality of his struggle; between a young fan's wishes and their delivery, a generation later, to a middle-aged man; and between the starkly different ways blacks and whites experience and remember the same events.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Encounter
23
Bittersweet Embrace
41
Shadow of the Babe
59
Hometown
75
Newly South
107
Separate Memories
131
A Hero in the Neighborhood
151
Hall of Fame
175
Big Blue
203
Values
239
Inheritance
271
Sources and Acknowledgments
301
Photo Credits
309
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About the author (2001)

SANDY TOLAN is an author, journalist, and public radio documentary producer with extensive experience covering the Middle East. His work from the region has been honored with several prestigious awards. Tolan has written for "The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Audubon, Los Angeles Times Magainze, USA Today", and dozens of other publications.

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