Editorial: Baseball loses an American icon — Henry Aaron

Baseball lost one of its greatest players and strongest advocates for civil rights Friday with the death of 86-year-old Henry Aaron. For 33 years he held what many consider the sporting world’s most treasured records, hitting 755 home runs in a 23-year career. But, as one of the last major league stars to have previously played in the Negro Leagues, he was also an outspoken advocate for racial justice and minority hiring in baseball’s managerial and front office positions. Muhammad Ali said Aaron was “the only man I idolize more than myself.” President Barack Obama said Aaron “was one of the s…

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