NOTES - The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron - Howard Bryant 

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron - Howard Bryant (2010)

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CHAPTER ONE: HERBERT

  1 My Dear Sir: H. C. Nixon Responses to Questionnaire on Slavery, LPR91, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.

  2 More care must always be taken: James A. Tait Memorandum Book, Tait Family Papers, LPR35, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.

  3 Blacks as a race were commented: Clinton McCarty, The Reins of Power: Racial Change and Challenge in a Southern City (Tallahassee: Sentry Press, 1999), p. 113.

  4 Our name changed often: interview with Henry Aaron.

  5 Fury Of A Texas mob: Mobile Daily Item, October 22, 1902.

  6 Negro Peeper: Mobile Daily Item, October 12, 1902.

  7 Bound Face To Face …: Mobile Daily Item, October 10, 1902.

  8 Used Axe On Women: Bad Negro: Mobile Daily Item, November 4, 1902.

  9 Ten More Policemen Provided: Mobile Daily Item, October 16, 1902.

10 With the disintegration of the boycott: David Alsobrook, “Alabama’s Port City: Mobile During the Progressive Era, 1896–1917.” (Ph.D. diss. Auburn University, 1983), p. 145.

11 When you own something: interview with Henry Aaron.

12 My grandfather believed in the work: interview with Tommie Aaron, Jr.

13 That was the way it was: ibid.

14 Absolute Segregation Of Race: Mobile Register, May 28, 1943.

15 Obviously, the black color of my skin: Inner City News, June 8, 1985.

16 I knew I was going to be a ballplayer: Hank Aaron, with Lonnie Wheeler, I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story (New York: HarperCollins, 1992), p. 22.

17 It was never one, two, three with me: interview with Henry Aaron.

CHAPTER TWO: HENRY

  1 I did not find him to be forthcoming: interview with Roger Kahn, April 2007.

  2 My grandfather used to say all the time: interview with Tommie Aaron, Jr.

  3 A lot of guys were playing a helluva baseball game: interview with Billy Williams.

  4 He could hit the ball with a broken piece of wood: interview with Ed Scott.

  5 I told her, if this kid was Satchel Paige: ibid.

  6 I never once saw him hit cross-handed: ibid.

  7 On May 23, Scott received a letter from George Sisler: This letter is from the collection of Ed Scott.

  8 Major League Scouts Take Gander: Chicago Defender, June 7, 1952.

  9 Clowns’ Aaron Locks Up NAL: Chicago Defender, June 7, 1952.

10 The introduction might have been a pleasure: Jerry Poling, A Summer Up North: Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), p. 9.

11 He just would not open up to you: Interview with Wes Covington, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, August 16, 1993.

12 No one can guess his IQ: Al Stump, “Hank Aaron: Public Image vs. Private Reality,” Sport, August 1964.

13 One time I got to second base: Poling, A Summer Up North, p. 40.

14 It was never a romance: ibid, p. 52.

15 When you think about who Henry Aaron is: interview with Jerry Poling.

16 Jacksonville and Savannah: The Sporting News, April 15, 1953.

17 It was toward the country: interview with Jim Frey.

18 When you’re seventeen or eighteen years old: interview with Felix Mantilla.

19 I remember one day I asked Henry: interview with Bill Slack.

20 I’ll never forget that day at the depot: interview with Ed Scott.

CHAPTER THREE: STEPIN FETCHIT

  1 Any amount you ask for that kid Henry Aaron: Milwaukee Journal, March 3, 1954.

  2 Aaron Given Divided Vote By Prophets: Milwaukee Sentinel, March 14, 1954.

  3 Aaron laid claim to a permanent roster: Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy, Hammering Hank: How the Media Made Henry Aaron (Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press, 2006), p. 49.

  4 I was playing in Sarasota: Hank Aaron, with Dick Schaap: Home Run: My Life in Pictures (New York: Total Sports, 1999), p. 47.

  5 Red Sox Shade Braves, 3–2: Milwaukee Journal, March 11, 1954.

  6 a little house on stilts: interview with Henry Aaron.

  7 I remembered thinking: interview with Bill White.

  8 Mother Gibson Serves Very Tasty Table: Milwaukee Journal, March 2, 1954.

  9 Mrs. Gibson’s was the best choice at that time: interview with Henry Aaron.

  10 Behind the scenes, we made things happen: interview with Bill White.

  11 “Slow Motion” Aaron Becomes: Milwaukee Journal, March 21, 1954.

  12 He was talking about something: interview with Henry Aaron.

  13 We had so many different people: interview with Chuck Tanner.

CHAPTER FOUR: MILWAUKEE

  1 The whole thing is utterly fantastic: The Sporting News, July 18, 1951.

  2 With the team we had: interview with Johnny Logan.

  3 We got automobiles to drive: interview with Frank Torre.

  4 The free choice of residence: Milwaukee Commission on Human Rights, The Housing of Negroes in Milwaukee, 1955, pamphlet 57-2402 (Milwaukee, 1955); available online at www.wisconsinhistory.org.

  5 The first thing I noticed about Milwaukee: interview with Henry Aaron.

  6 If it weren’t for Bill Bruton: ibid.

  7 There were beaches everywhere in Florida: Larry Moffi and Jonathan Kronstadt, Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947–1959 (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1994), p. 89.

  8 My grandfather was a shortstop: interview with Greg Spahn.

  9 Spahn and I: interview with Henry Aaron.

10 No way: Milwaukee Sentinel, March 11, 1954.

11 He knew Henry was going to have it rough: interview with Chuck Tanner.

12 Aaron Good Now: Milwaukee Journal, June 25, 1954.

CHAPTER FIVE: WEHMEIER

  1 Aaron, who rarely shows emotion: This and subsequent quotes regarding the banquet are from The Sporting News, February 1, 1956.

  2 I shouldn’t dignify either question: The Sporting News, September 28, 1955.

  3 Kick his ass, Joe: interview with Johnny Logan.

  4 Baseball is a lot like church: interview with Roger Kahn.

  5 He was more than just a manager to me: Chicago Defender, May 26, 1956.

  6 I don’t care if the guy is yellow: interview with Roger Kahn.

  7 Willie’s Wallop Wins Windup: The Sporting News, November 16, 1955.

  8 It was okay to be black in the South: interview with Henry Aaron.

  9 All Mays had over Henry: interview with Johnny Logan.

10 Robby Has Reds Buzzing: Chicago Defender, March 21, 1956.

11 Jackie, what are you doing?: interview with Roger Kahn.

12 Aaron Picked To Win: Chicago Defender, April 21, 1956.

13 Dodgers, Yanks Picked To Win: ibid.

14 You didn’t even worry about Spahn: interview with Gene Conley.

15 Are you prepared to say that Grimm: The Sporting News, June 27, 1956.

16 We would have been the powerhouse: interview with Johnny Logan.

17 Burdette told me that there is no place: New York Times, September 12, 1956.

18 Braves Open With Cardinals: Milwaukee Journal, September 28, 1956.

19 What Happened To Braves?: Milwaukee Journal, October 1, 1956.

20 In 1956: interview with Henry Aaron.

CHAPTER SIX: JACKIE

  1 An outburst by Jackie Robinson: New York Times, November 2, 1956.

  2 Dear Jackie and Rachel: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

  3 Dear Jackie: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

  4 And when Jackie wants to try extra hard: New York Times, December 17, 1956.

  5 Thank you for your letter: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Jackie Robinson Collection.

  6 Campy is quoted as saying: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

  7 Had something in mind: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

  8 Some pacifist black freak: interview with Roger Kahn.

  9 Southern Scribe Blames Jackie: Los Angeles Times, August 3, 1956.

10 If you’ll forgive a personal experience: New York Times, December 17, 1956.

CHAPTER SEVEN: SCRIPTURE

  1 Braves’ Aaron Asks Pay Boost: Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1957.

  2 I was making ten grand one year: interview with Gene Conley.

  3 I think back then we all realized: interview with Henry Aaron.

  4 The National League pennant has been a mirage: Chicago Tribune, January 19, 1957.

  5 Bob Wolf always kept it to the game: interview with Chuck Tanner.

  6 Jolly Cholly: interview with Gene Conley.

  7 Whether I’m hitting good or not: The Sporting News, May 1, 1957.

  8 I remember it probably better than anybody: interview with Frank Torre.

  9 You have to remember: interview with Johnny Logan.

10 Ah, that was complete bullshit: ibid.

11 You had to drink to hang out: ibid.

12 I kept to myself: interview with Henry Aaron.

13 He went through terrible times: interview with Frank Torre.

14 He really was all business: interview with Gene Conley.

15 You had to remember that integration: interview with Henry Aaron.

16 Hank Aaron Ties Ruth Homer Mark: Washington Post, July 11, 1957.

17 The Wrist Hitter: Time, July 29, 1957.

18 I wouldn’t have taken that shit: interview with Bill White.

19 We got along quite well: interview with Furman Bisher.

20 Born To Play Ball: The Saturday Evening Post, August 25, 1956.

21 Braves’ Blazing Aaron Bids For Batting Title: The Sporting News, August 8, 1956.

22 I don’t know if there was a way to figure it: interview with Chuck Tanner.

23 For Aaron stretched out his hand: Time, October 7, 1957.

CHAPTER EIGHT: BUSHVILLE

  1 Fred, do you think your team will choke up: Los Angeles Times, October 1, 1957.

  2 Before the thing even began: interview with Johnny Logan.

  3 They had to beat the White Sox: interview with Greg Spahn.

  4 Before the start of the 1957 World Series: ibid.

  5 We weren’t scared of the Yankees: interview with Gene Conley.

  6 When we went in 1957: interview with Johnny Logan.

  7 The Pennant Victory Ball: Milwaukee Journal, September 30, 1957.

  8 You can’t help your club from the tub: interview with Ralph Garr.

  9 Aaron’s Swap: Crown For Pennant: Milwaukee Journal, September 29, 1957.

10 Henry didn’t volunteer what he thought about you: interview with Felix Mantilla.

11 Braves Welcomed At Airport: Milwaukee Journal, October 4, 1957.

12 “Well,” the Perfesser told his pitcher: Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. Directed by Mike Tollin; produced by Mike Tollin and and Brian Robbins. Copyright 1995 TBS Productions, Inc.

13 Lary would spend three weeks: Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1957.

CHAPTER NINE: ALMOST

  1 When you come close to winning: Eddie Mathews, Eddie Mathews and the National Pastime (Milwaukee: Douglas American Sports Publications, 1994), p. 150.

  2 The other ballplayers were completely stunned: Mathews, Eddie Mathews and the National Pastime, p. 166.

  3 Those guys, all they did was carry the balls to BP: interview with Gene Conley.

  4 looked his friend in the eye: Henry Aaron, with Stan Baldwin and Jerry Jenkins, Bad Henry (Radnor, Pennsylvania: Chilton, 1974).

  5 If he ever had one beer: interview with Gregory Spahn.

  6 That position in center: New York Times, March 12, 1958.

  7 Braves Frolic In Clubhouse: New York Times, October 7, 1958.

  8 Going into the eighth: Washington Post, October 10, 1958.

  9 You didn’t want to swing it last October: Washington Post, March 10, 1959.

10 Braves Shade Dodgers: Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1959.

11 Sam Jones Guns For Hank Aaron: Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1959.

12 A disgracefully small crowd: New York Times, September 29, 1959.

13 The Coliseum was a football field: interview with Frank Torre.

14 Every team has its “ifs” and “buts”: Hank Aaron, with Lonnie Wheeler, I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story (New York: HarperCollins, 1992), p. 143.

CHAPTER TEN: RESPECT

  1 You ache with the need: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (New York: Random House, 1952), p. 4.

  2 There was a reason: Frank A. Aukofer, City with a Chance: A Case History of Civil Rights Revolution (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2007), p. 219.

  3 It’s nice to get attention and favors: Roger Angell, Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader (New York: Ballantine Books, 1991), p. 150.

  4 You always knew he was a serious man: interview with Joe Torre.

  5 Soon, a routine formed: interview with Henry Aaron.

  6 My mother was so mad: interview with Ted Williams.

  7 I remember it well: interview with Henry Aaron.

  8 a lone black fellow who played baseball: interview with Howard Chinn.

  9 Stump came away with a story: Al Stump, “Hank Aaron: Public Image vs. Private Reality,” Sport, August 1964.

10 I know I did not make it easy: interview with Henry Aaron.

11 Things are as bad: James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (New York: Dial, 1963), p. 59.

12 We’ve been waiting all this time: Jackie Robinson, Baseball Has Done It. (1964; reprint, Brooklyn, New York: IG Publishing, 2005), p. 139.

13 I was sensitive to what they would face: interview with Henry Aaron.

14 I’ve read some newspapermen saying: Robinson, Baseball Has Done It, p. 134.

15 I never knew Jackie said that: interview with Henry Aaron.

16 It never did any good: interview with Henry Aaron.

17 People have been treating this man: interview with Allan Tanenbaum.

18 It always bothered me: interview with Bill White.

19 Henry Aaron is a nice man: interview with Furman Bisher.

20 Pursuant to general agreement: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

21 Fred Lowey called: ibid.

22 I think Fred Lowey: ibid.

23 That was when the old man: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

24 My Dear Larry: ibid.

25 Dear Dick: ibid.

26 Dear Mr. O’Malley: ibid.

27 “Nobody,” Selig would say, hit more home runs: interview with Bud Selig.

28 The Camel Mildness Test: Milwaukee Journal, April 16, 1951.

29 He was such a good, open man: interview with Joe Torre.

30 It was almost from the time we met: interview with Carolyn Aaron.

31 Dressen never blended with this club: interview with Joe Torre.

32 The two things I remember most: interview with Tim McCarver.

33 I don’t think I’ve earned my due: Robinson, Baseball Has Done It, p. 140.

CHAPTER ELEVEN: ATLANTA

  1 This is a moral issue: The Sporting News, January 16, 1965.

  2 I thought about history: interview with Bill Bartholomay.

  3 Mr. Perini is planning to move the Braves: The Sporting News, November, 7, 1962.

  4 Milwaukee Syndicate Offer: The Sporting News, December 1, 1962.

  5 The cow had been milked: The Sporting News, November, 7, 1962.

  6 Move To Georgia Peachy? Not To Aaron: Chicago Defender, April 17, 1965.

  7 Aaron and Maye Disturbed: Associated Press, January 16, 1965.

  8 I have lived in the South: Chicago Defender, April 17, 1965.

  9 Not only were blacks forbidden to sit: Gary Pomerantz, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Autumn: A Saga of Race and Family (New York: Penguin, 1996), p. 257.

10 When I was in high school: interview with Bob Hope.

11 There was a real hostile feel: interview with Bill Bartholomay.

12 The leaders of the city didn’t want: interview with Andrew Young.

13 Aaron Says He Could Have Won: Chicago Defender, March 2, 1964.

14 I had read so much about Musial: Associated Press, May 14, 1970.

15 Martin was a big baseball fan: interview with Andrew Young.

CHAPTER TWELVE: WILLIE

  1 Eisenberg was a Braves batboy: interview with Buz Eisenberg.

  2 What got you here is what’s going to keep you here: interview with Ralph Garr.

  3 Francona had been a big leaguer: interview with Tito Francona.

  4 When his son, Terry: interview with Terry Francona.

  5 In New York, Tito and Henry: interview with Tito Francona.

  6 Yet Ralph and Dusty saw Henry: interview with Dusty Baker.

  7 There were times I got called in: ibid.

  8 And then there was the infamous evening: New York Times, August 9, 1966.

  9 You could never tell at the plate: interview with Ralph Garr.

10 I had the fortune to room with a guy: interview with Cito Gaston.

11 He used to tell me all the time: interview with Ralph Garr.

12 Already he ees showing me: Al Stump, “Hank Aaron: Public Image vs. Private Reality,” Sport, August 1964.

13 I don’t know if I’m talking out of school: interview with Tito Francona.

14 Somewhere during the exchange: interview with Joe Torre.

15 No way was Willie a better hitter than me: interview with Henry Aaron.

16 I consider us the best of friends: Wall Street Journal, April 17, 1970.

17 Hank Becomes A Hit: Sports Illustrated, August 18, 1969.

18 Move Over, Babe: Los Angeles Times, October 5, 1969.

19 We were off that night: interview with Ralph Garr.

20 Aaron—600G For 3 Years: Chicago Tribune, March 1, 1972.

21 It was Milo Hamilton, the broadcaster: interview with Wayne Minshew.

22 I’ll see how it goes: Washington Post, January 30, 1972.

23 It’s July 1957: interview with Reese Schonfeld.

24 I was just a kid, and it was exciting to me: ibid.

25 Wednesday Night: New York Times, June 1, 1972.

26 It’s kind of fun now and then: Charles Einstein, Willie’s Time: A Memoir (New York: Penguin, 1989), p. 34.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: RUTH

  1 He had leukemia: interview with Bob Hope.

  2 Just give us the chance: interview with Buck O’Neil.

  3 For our community: Jimmy Carter, An Hour Before Daylight (New York: Simon and Schuster), 2001, p. 32.

  4 Like Jimmy Carter, Bob Hope also felt a certain swell: interview with Jimmy Carter.

  5 He refused to defile his body: The Long Winter of Henry Aaron, originally broadcast by NBC, 1973; rebroadcast by ESPN, 2006.

  6 I would like to read to you: ibid.

  7 It’s the only place: “Hank Aaron: Going for the Record,” Ebony, September 1973.

  8 Henry would sit in the boat: “Chasing the Babe,” Newsweek, August 13, 1973.

  9 Aaron Sued For Tenfold Alimony: Associated Press, June 3, 1974.

10 I’ve always read Mickey Mantle: “Henry Aaron’s Golden Autumn,” Time, September 24, 1973.

11 The game was being televised on Channel 17: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 5, 1974.

12 It should not even have been necessary: interview with Billye Aaron.

13 “Ralph,” Henry said at his locker: interview with Ralph Garr.

14 I just feel good and happy: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 9, 1974.

15 To Downing, the words were another: interview with Al Downing.

16 If there’s anything I can ever do for you: ibid.

17 One night, someone brought up the idea: Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Tom Sabellico, and Pat O’Brien, The Black Aces: Baseball’s Only African-American Twenty-Game Winners (Farmingdale, New York: Black Aces, 2006), p. 319.

18 Henry Aaron. What else did you need to say?: interview with Steve Yeager.

19 I had no idea who they were: interview with Mike Marshall.

20 Everybody expects him to do it every time now: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 8, 1984.

21 Henry begins to walk up to home plate: Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. Directed by Mike Tollin; produced by Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. Copyright 1955 TBS Productions, Inc.

22 No, you have your own footsteps: interview with Jimmy Wynn.

23 There’s Al Downing: interview with Al Downing.

24 And swinging two bats is Henry Aaron: Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.

25 It was a long time ago: interview with Steve Yeager.

26 If you told someone you were Cape Verdean: interview with Davey Lopes.

27 Well, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do: interview with Ron Cey.

28 I always wondered: interview with Davey Lopes.

29 Tom House considers to himself: interview with Tom House.

30 He showed that it could happen: interview with Mike Marshall.

31 I was just proud: interview with Cito Gaston.

32 There were about fifty-five thousand people: interview with Dusty Baker.

33 My thing was, It’s over with: interview with Jimmy Wynn.

34 All he said was: interview with Wayne Minshew.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: MORTAL

  1 The problem is: Hank Aaron, with Lonnie Wheeler, I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story (New York: HarperCollins, 1992), p. 285.

  2 You have to understand that we looked up to him: interview with Ralph Garr.

  3 With Henry Aaron, it didn’t matter: ibid.

  4 There is no question he lost something: interview with Allan Tanenbaum.

  5 It Won’t Be Hank: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 22, 1974.

  6 The way I saw it: Aaron, I Had a Hammer, p. 285.

  7 I think they owe me the courtesy of asking me: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 22, 1974.

  8 RHUBARB!: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 25, 1974.

  9 like bouncers about to break up a bar fight: interview with Dusty Baker.

10 Splat!: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 26, 1974.

11 All of Henry’s people: interview with Ralph Garr.

12 Aaron’s Last Hurrah: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 3, 1974.

13 His mood was flippant following the homer: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 3, 1974.

14 Aaron’s Brilliance Leaves a Memory: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 1, 1974.

15 While Henry was in Tokyo: interview with Wayne Minshew.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: ACKNOWLEDGMENT

  1 In retrospect, Bill Bartholomay would view Henry’s leaving: interview with Bill Bartholomay.

  2 But Bud Selig spoke to Henry: interview with Bud Selig.

  3 He did not have as much left: ibid.

  4 I know there are a lot of people picking us: Milwaukee Journal, April 1, 975.

  5 Busing To Integrate? Nope!: Milwaukee Journal, July 2, 1975.

  6 He was significant: interview with Robin Yount.

  7 I knew I was better than a .234 hitter: Hank Aaron, with Lonnie Wheeler, I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story (New York: HarperCollins, 1992), p. 285.

  8 Without the three-point shot: interview with George Scott.

  9 Only the home run I hit to win the 1957 pennant: Milwaukee Journal, July 12, 1976.

10 A Singular Exit: Milwaukee Journal, October 4, 1976.

11 There’s something magical about going back: Aaron, I Had a Hammer, p. 286.

12 I didn’t think it bothered Hank: interview with George Scott.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: DRIFT

  1 He was just raging: interview with Joe Klein.

  2 Hate mail and home runs: interview with Henry Aaron.

  3 Bill was farm director when I promoted him: interview with Ted Turner.

  4 We were sitting back in our conference room: interview with Paul Snyder.

  5 He went to spring training: interview with Carolyn Aaron.

  6 Something’s got to be done about it: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 1, 1978.

  7 No Place for Aaron With All-Time Stars: Associated Press, January 3, 1977.

  8 Aaron Hammers At Racism: Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 30, 1979.

  9 When Did “The Hammer”: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 20, 1977.

10 They criticize me when I don’t speak: interview with Henry Aaron.

11 Any woman who had to go through: interview with Dusty Baker.

12 Maybe somewhere on the periphery of my personality: interview with Billye Aaron.

13 I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be unanimous: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 27, 1979.

14 With all the things I’ve done: New York Times, July 30, 1982.

15 I’ve never been able to live down: interview with Henry Aaron.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: CARS

  1 Henneberry had started out in the business: interview with Bill Henneberry.

  2 We had no car, no beer: ibid.

  3 Still, Selig at the helm meant Henry: interview with Bud Selig.

  4 Hank was the only choice: interview with Bill Henneberry.

  5 Levin was also concerned: interview with Rich Levin.

  6 Bill Clinton traced the roots: interview with William Jefferson Clinton.

  7 Clinton was holding a rally at Georgia Tech: ibid.

  8 Georgia was good to me: White House transcript of President Clinton’s remarks, at the Democratic National Committee dinner, October 29, 1999.

  9 We were in a tough, tough campaign: interview with William Jefferson Clinton.

10 He was poor and unlearned: Mobile Register, May 27, 1998.

11 You never know what it means to me: interview with Henry Aaron.

12 Both Henry and I had come up: interview with Billye Aaron.

13 I wouldn’t say that the twenty-fifth was a major success: interview with Bill Henneberry.

14 I received hundreds of calls to do interviews: Mobile Register, October 9, 1998.

15 So, we’re going to meet and sign: interview with Bill Henneberry.

16 Everybody was going to blame me: interview with Bud Selig.

17 Hank Aaron Goes To Bat For BMW: Atlanta Business Journal, June 1, 1997.

18 There were some black folk: interview with Allan Tanenbaum.

19 Why was I chosen?: Black Enterprise, June 1, 2004.

20 I don’t want to say that all the wounds: interview with Mike Tollin.

21 The thing about Hank is: interview with Dusty Baker.

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: 756

  1 Go ask Henry Aaron: Jim Bunning’s testimony before the House Government Reform Committee, March 17, 2005.

  2 Aaron Prefers To Focus On The Positives: Associated Press, June 15, 2006.

  3 The one thing Henry hated was cheating: interview with Ralph Garr.

  4 I just don’t want to get involved with conversations: interview with Henry Aaron.

  5 He knows what he did: interview with Billye Aaron.

  6 In fact, I was just going to ask you: Associated Press, May 14, 2007.

  7 The conversation was brief: interview with Mike Tollin.

  8 The discussions proceeded in earnest: ibid.

  9 There’s a heart beating there: ibid.

10 Susan wouldn’t even let most people finish: interview with Allan Tanenbaum.

11 Would you at least consider a taping?: interview with Larry Baer.

12 I remember the moment he hit it: interview with Dave Sheinin.

13 It’s weird. It cheapened the moment: ibid.

14 Janie McCauley, a reporter: interview with Janie McCauley.

15 What was happening is that: interview with Henry Edwards.