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It would be nice to look back and recall how the nation got behind Aaron in his solitary pursuit. The sad truth, as Home Run inspiringly recounts, is that it didn't. In his quest for the record, Aaron not only came face to face with the ghost of The Bambino; he also had to look squarely into the ugly eye of the specter of racism. Simply by doing his job as well as he could, Aaron stared them both down with his will, courage, pride, and decency. Jesse Jackson sums up the man, and the chase, with marvelous simplicity: "[Aaron] didn't hit a home run to take dignity away from the pitcher. He hit a home run to assert his skill." Home Run is a lovely reminder of that assertion. --Jeff Silverman
Aaron, Hank;Schaap, Dick
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