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  • Hank Aaron said Republicans were Klansmen...why wasn't he fired

    04/30/2014 4:52:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. ...“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports. Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
  • Hank Aaron Flooded With Racist Hate Mail After GOP Attack

    04/16/2014 7:54:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies ^ | April 16, 2014 | Drew McKenzie
    The offices of the Atlanta Braves have been flooded with racist letters, emails, and phone calls attacking Hall of Famer Hank Aaron after his interview comparing the way Republicans treat President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. USA Today writer Bob Nightengale said the "sheer racism" of the attack against Aaron was similar to the racist onslaught that the African-American star faced in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record. Nightengale noted that the new hate mail messages came as baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, on Tuesday. One bigoted writer named Edward wrote an email...
  • Hank Aaron Says GOP Are Like the KKK but with ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’ Instead of Hoods

    04/15/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 9, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title:Hank Aaron Says Republicans are Like the KKK but with ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’ Instead of Hoods Hank Aaron is a baseball icon. Forty years ago he broke Babe Ruth's all-time homerun record of 714. He ended his career with a total of 755. Barry Bonds surpassed Aaron's record with a total of 762. Since there are claims that Bonds was "juiced," the record is viewed as suspect. When Aaron was getting close to Ruth's record, the racists came out similar to the way they did when Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier in 1945. They wrote nasty...

    04/14/2014 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/14/14 | Bill Martinez and Bob Cook
    Have you Heard! Another true American Hero has tarnished his unblemished reputation as a superb Athlete, as an Achiever, and as a Role Model for millions of Americans; someone whose dream was big enough to overcome an apparent lack of opportunity. That man is our Hero, Hank Aaron, and the sad incident in question involves the unfortunate remarks taken from his speech given at an Official Anniversary Celebration of his remarkable achievements. On one hand, Hall of Famer Aaron’s political statements regarding blacks in America reveal his pain and perspective. But to what purpose? Have his comments advanced the dream...
  • Hank Aaron compares Republicans and other Obama opponents to KKK

    04/10/2014 3:16:13 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 63 replies
    Hank Aaron, who was celebrated Tuesday night in Atlanta on the 40th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, compared Obama critics to the KKK as he opened up about the state of race relations in an interview with USA Today. The Braves legend, who told the newspaper he still has the bigoted letters and death threats he received during his pursuit of one of baseball's most cherished records, said that little has changed despite the decades that have passed. "The biggest difference is that back then they had hoods," Aaron said. "Now they have neckties and starched...
  • Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama To KKK

    04/09/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 108 replies
    Atlanta CBS ^ | 4/9/14
    ...Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.... “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports. Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
  • Hank Aaron likens Republicans to KKK

    04/09/2014 5:20:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 104 replies
    worldnetdaily ^ | 4/9/2014 | unknown
    'Back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts'
  • Hank Aaron Compares Obama Opponents to KKK: They Wear 'Neckties & Starched Shirts' Instead of Hoods

    04/09/2014 11:29:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Sports ^ | April 8, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On the 40th anniversary of his momentous 715th home run that broke Babe Ruth's MLB home run record, which is the most meaningful in all of sports, Hank Aaron equated Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama's policies to the KKK. Aaron implied that conservatives are racists who now wear "neckties and starched shirts" instead of hoods. In an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday, "Hammerin' Hank" lamented that the country has not progressed far enough on race relations, saying that though the nation has a black president, "President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud...
  • Hank Aaron Would Have Faced Worse Racism Today

    04/07/2014 12:51:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Time ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jon Friedman
    The home-run king is lucky he didn't have to contend with the ubiquitous bigots and haters on today's social media ... We might conclude that Aaron got off easy four decades ago, long before social media dominated every facet of our lives and removed any shred of privacy. Just try to imagine how much more intense and challenging his predicament would have been. Can you picture the potential for incessant racist taunts on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the blogosphere? In the 1970s, the haters reached Aaron by what we call “snail mail.” Today, in our sped-up-world of modern...
  • Barry Bonds - You Can't Have It Both Ways

    06/06/2007 10:56:31 AM PDT · by Rick Vassar · 14 replies · 412+ views
    There was a news report that came across the wire yesterday (4 Jun 2007) about a farmer in Germany who sued some kids who were lighting off firecrackers. The farmer claimed that it made his ostrich impotent. The judge ruled against the farmer, stating he could see no connection between the firecrackers and the impotent ostrich. I read on and on with great amusement as the mainstream media tries to decide what to do about the Barry Bonds problem. The rumors have been swirling around Bonds since 2004, and the tide is rising these days to a crescendo. His crime?...
  • Hammerin' in his way

    10/26/2006 11:05:02 AM PDT · by JZelle · 6 replies · 584+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-26-06 | Thom Loverro
    ST. LOUIS. -- Hank Aaron refused to answer any questions put to him yesterday at Busch Stadium about Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants slugger who is closing in on Aaron's cherished record of 755 career home runs. But that didn't mean the Hall of Famer didn't have something to say about Bonds.
  • Bonds: "I won't stop until I beat Oh"

    05/22/2006 9:08:03 PM PDT · by Al Simmons · 40 replies · 603+ views
    WTF-TV ^ | 5/22/2006 | KIP HORNSLEY
    Bonds: "I won't stop until I beat Oh" San Francisco , CA - It's one of the benefits of being personal friends with a baseball legend - he gives you what he won't give others. Back when we both played for Serra High, Barry used to boast that, one day, he'd be the Home Run king. Just days after hitting number 714 to tie Babe Ruth's 2nd place number, I gave my old friend Barry a call and asked him how it felt. "This ain't nothing," He said. "I'm not going to stop until I'm the best." Does that mean...
  • Remaining in the Shadow of the Babe, and of Scandal

    05/20/2006 6:07:09 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 27 replies · 695+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2006 | MURRAY CHASS
    Just as Henry Aaron has learned, Barry Bonds will find out that even though he has matched Babe Ruth's career home run total, he will not be able to catch Ruth in enduring eminence. Bonds hit his 714th career home run today. His next home run will send him past Ruth into second place behind Aaron and his 755 home runs. Aaron broke Ruth's record 32 years ago, in 1974, which was 39 years after Ruth had hit his last home run and retired. That means that Ruth hasn't hit a home run for nearly 71 years, but the number...
  • Bonds Hits No. 713, Moves Within One Of Ruth

    05/07/2006 10:00:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 180 replies · 2,702+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 7 MAY 2006 | AP
    (AP) PHILADELPHIA -- Barry Bonds is heading home, one behind the Babe. Bonds hit his 713th homer Sunday night, moving within one of tying Babe Ruth for second place on baseball's career list. The San Francisco Giants' slugger hit a mammoth shot in the sixth inning off Philadelphia right-hander Jon Lieber, sending a 2-1 pitch off the facade of the right-field upper deck during a 9-5 loss to the Phillies. "They tell me that's the way the Babe used to hit them," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. Bonds' fifth homer of the season was estimated at 450 feet, one of...
  • Barry Bonds Juiced (cartoon by Mike Shelton)

    03/10/2006 8:50:41 AM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies · 684+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | March 8, 2006 | Mike Shelton
  • Bonds exposed: Shadows details superstar slugger's steroid use

    03/07/2006 11:08:49 AM PST · by commish · 248 replies · 4,150+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | March 7, 2006 | SI
    NEW YORK ( -- Beginning in 1998 with injections in his buttocks of Winstrol, a powerful steroid, Barry Bonds took a wide array of performance-enhancing drugs over at least five seasons in a massive doping regimen that grew more sophisticated as the years went on, according to Game of Shadows, a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters at the forefront of reporting on the BALCO steroid distribution scandal. The authors, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, describe in sometimes day-to-day, drug-by-drug detail how often and how deeply Bonds engaged in the persistent doping. For instance, the authors write that...
  • Two down, one left in steroid era

    02/17/2006 10:44:11 AM PST · by JZelle · 7 replies · 360+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-17-08 | TOM KNOTT
    Sammy Sosa has turned down the modest offer of the Nationals, which is just as well. There is a noticeable stench emanating from his 588 career home runs, just as there is with the numbers of Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire. The three are forever linked because of their eclipsing Roger Maris, who lost several heads' worth of hair because of the stress associated with his pursuit of Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. Or so it goes with each retelling. We only can imagine the potential physical damage to the three hulks who transformed their upper bodies with suspicious...
  • STEROIDS: Sports Officials Back On Capitol Hill

    09/28/2005 7:29:21 AM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 30 replies · 676+ views
    AP, WRAL.COM ^ | 28 SEPTEMBER 2005 | Ronald Blum, Jennifer Talhelm
    The sports world needs to take illegal steroid use serious. Sports officials are again on Capitol Hill since sports are not taking the problem seriously. The ill effects of steroid use can be fatal. Unfortunately, athletes are being pressured to use steroids to remain competitive. Senator John McCain has sponsored the "Clean Sports Act," which is companion to a House Bill presented by Tom Davis. Both call for a 2 year suspension for first time offenders of steroid use and a lifetime ban for a second offense. It's time to put these measures into law before more athletes destroy themselves...
  • Bonds quickly breaks Ruth's homer record, a very obscure one

    09/26/2005 6:16:11 AM PDT · by SpringheelJack · 109 replies · 1,890+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/25/2005 | Mark Camps
    It sure didn't take very long for Barry Bonds to start setting records. With his first home run of the season, Bonds broke Babe Ruth's 70-year-old record. No, not that record. Bonds most likely won't hit No. 715 until next season. But he erased Ruth's standard for most home runs as "as an outfielder," according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bonds' first HR of the season was the 704th of his career, but more significantly was his 693rd as an outfielder, Elias says. All totaled, Bonds is credited with 696 as an outfielder, eight as a designated hitter and three...
  • Bonds' 700th Homer Ball Draws Bid Topping $800,000

    10/27/2004 6:26:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 344+ views
    My Way News ^ | 10/27/04 | DAVID KRAVETS/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball brought a top bid of $804,129 Wednesday after a 10-day online auction. The ball had received 240 offers by the time closed the bidding. The identity of the top bidder, nicknamed "bomasterj," was not immediately made public. Steve Williams of Pacifica got the ball after a scramble in the left-center field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17 - a mad dash that has fattened his wallet but also landed him in court. Timothy Murphy has sued Williams, contending he should get the ball because he locked it behind...
  • Thirty Years Ago, The "Hammer" Passed The Babe

    04/05/2004 7:29:51 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies · 178+ views
    SF GATE/AP ^ | 04/05/2004 | PAUL NEWBERRY
    (04-05) 14:33 PDT ATLANTA (AP) -- Thirty years later, Hank Aaron is a bit fuzzy on the pitch Al Downing threw that night in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. "Downing was more of a finesse pitcher," Aaron said. "I guess he was trying to throw me a screwball or something. Whatever it was, I got enough of it." As the ball sailed over the left-field fence, the Hammer trotted into history, having passed the Babe as the greatest home-run hitter. No. 715. It's a figure that still resonates as one of sport's magical milestones. Aaron would go on to hit 40...
  • Key to Getting in Hall of Fame? Hitting 500 Balls out of the Park

    05/16/2003 8:03:13 AM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 190 replies · 851+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Friday, May 16, 2003 | ALLEN ST. JOHN
    <p>Heard the one about the motorist lost in upstate New York? He pulls into a gas station and asks the attendant, "How do you get to Cooperstown?"</p> <p>"Hit 500 homers," the pump jockey said, not missing a beat.</p> <p>It's one of baseball's most sacred numbers and, for the moment at least, it's a sure ticket to the Hall of Fame. But now that Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmiero have joined the 500-homer club, let's take a closer look at who else is aiming for it.</p>