No catchy headline or attention-grabbing joke, I wrote this thread with one single intention:
To provide context around why Hank Aaron is not only one of the most important athletes of all time but a generational figure in American history.
Time for a thread 👇👇👇
1) To truly understand the multi-generational impact of Hank Aaron, we must first understand his past.
Growing up in the '30s & '40s in Mobile, Alabama — a town in the heart of the segregated South — Hank Aaron experienced racism his entire adolescent life.
2) With African Americans unable to participate in organized baseball leagues, Hank Aaron, who idolized Jackie Robinson throughout childhood, was left without the necessary fields or equipment to chase his baseball dreams.