Henry Aaron might have been “the last hero” as the title of his biography says. How many athletes, celebrities, or politicians under 60 would you want your children to be like when they grow up?
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Hank Greenberg was baseball’s first Jewish superstar. He is best known for a game he did not play – on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, in September, 1934. That’s where the myth of Greenberg as Jewish hero began. The myth had only a few grains of truth, and Hank was never comfortable in that role.
After Jackie Robinson quit baseball, he continued to write letters to public people about public issues. He was fought all his life for equal rights, equal economic opportunity, and non-violence.
The Red Sox’ “Curse of the Bambino” was just aNB excuse for losing. The team’s real curse was a stuipid, racist front office.
Baseball and boxing used to attract all the best writers. Now boxing is dead in the water, and all the great American non-fiction writers are writing about baseball.
The Red Sox were a second-rate, stupid, racist organization, who blamed their futility on a dead man’s curse. In 2002, when new owners put Theo Epstein in charge of player decisions, and won their first World Series in 86 years two years later. Here’s a look back at some infamous Red Sox failures that were wrongly blamed on Babe Ruth’s curse