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Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later by Sandy Tolan Online



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

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

  • Title: Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later
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  • ISBN : 9780684871318
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 320 pages


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 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 to me than I can adequately express in words Twenty five years later, Tolan embarked on a journey to meet his old hero 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


Author Sandy Tolan

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




Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later Reviews (3)

  • A must read for any baseball fan. [..]

  • 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 th [..]

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