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Hank Aaron documentary tonight at 8 PM Eastern on Smithsonian Channel

Got this in late in the afternoon from MLB, a great special will air tonight on the Smithsonian Channel at 8 PM on Hank Aaron. A brand new Major League Legends series on Hank Aaron. Celebrating the best players in major league history.

I remember when Hank hit the record breaker, I was watching the game. Babe’s record stood for a long time, but eventually all records fall, and this one was a huge feat. Can’t wait to see the show tonight.

Smithsonian Channel and Major League Baseball have teamed up for the “MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS” series to tell the stories of four players who transcended the National Pastime and left legacies as true American icons: Hank AaronBabe RuthTed Williams and Lou Gehrig.  Each of the specials is narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Martin Sheen. The stories take an in-depth look at the history, psychology and mythology of each of the Baseball Hall of Famers. Providing context throughout each of the programs are a host of journalists, academics, sports figures, and even a mythologist.
The first film in the series, MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON, (also titled “The Hammer of Hank Aaron”) premieres tonight on The Smithsonian Channel at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Clips (both appx. :60 second and :20 second versions) and information on the Aaron film are below.  The “Hammer of Hank Aaron” film includes Deadspin founder Will Leitch, ESPN’s Howard Bryant, National Museum of African American History and Culture curator Damion Thomas and author/mythologist Phil Cousineau.

This special Black History Month presentation features extensive newly-captured interviews with Aaron himself, as he discusses his upbringing in Mobile, Alabama and the challenges that he faced growing up in the heart of Jim Crow. “The Hammer” would continue to battle bigotry and racism throughout his life and baseball career. As he sought to unseat Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king, Aaron received numerous death threats and hate mail, making his feat all the more impressive. It seemed justly symbolic that he hit number 715 on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta, the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement.

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