Will Bunch: In moving All-Star game from Georgia, MLB honors civil rights legacy of Hank Aaron

When I was a kid, I was blessed to watch Hank Aaron hit a baseball, albeit from the far reaches of the upper deck at Shea Stadium. The former Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves legend made the difficult art of batting look easy, and he would hit more home runs — 755 — than any other human being who did not ingest steroids. What I didn’t realize then, as a young baseball fanatic, is what didn’t come so easy for the soft-spoken Aaron — which was when and how to use his prominence as a Black superstar to speak out on civil rights. According to Aaron’s biographers like Howard Bryant, the run-up before t…

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