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Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later
by Sandy Tolan
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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Touchstone Books
(first published June 1st 2000)
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This was a fun trip through Tolan's past and Hank Aaron's past, and Tolan explores the social context of Aaron playing in both the North and the South in the 1950s-1970s amid racial tensions. There are some interesting discussions of baseball then and now and of race in America, although sometimes they tend to be too pessimistic.
Sandy Tolan is a teacher and radio documentary producer. He is the author of two books: Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later (Free Press, 2000), about the intersection between race, sports, and American heroes; and The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 2006). The Washington Post called the book “extraordinary” and selected it among their ...moreMore about Sandy Tolan...