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Hammerin’ Hank Aaron Receives Hate Mail
Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day, and all around the league teams and players paid tribute to the man who broke the color barrier exactly 67 years ago.
What is typically a day of celebration and remembrance, however, has been marred by four game postponements and the fact that even today, people are sending racist hate mail to Hank Aaron, an African-American baseball player who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974.
Letters similar to one emailed to the Braves front office by a man who calls himself Edward — in which “scumbag” was the nicest word used when referring to Aaron.
This isn’t the first time the (*former) Home Run King has been the target of racist hate mail. Famously, Aaron received a slew of racially charged letters 40 years ago after breaking Ruth’s record. And unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last time.