Sport: Henry Aaron's Golden Autumn

The spring of 1954 was a memorable season. After seven years of fighting, the French were ready to pull out of Viet Nam. Gamal Abdel Nasser took over as Premier of Egypt. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. And on an April afternoon when the Army-McCarthy hearings were dominating network television, a slender black teen-ager from Mobile, Ala., named Henry Louis Aaron hit his first major league home run.

The world has turned. New wars have been fought and settled, dictatorships established and overthrown, but Hank Aaron...

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