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Aaron's racial comments cause torrent of hate mail

ATLANTA -- Forty years after he received waves of racist hate mail as he chased Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs, Hank Aaron has been reliving the experience the past week. A national newspaper reported that a large number of vile letters, emails and phone calls have "poured into the Atlanta Braves offices." They, ironically, were in reaction to comments Aaron made to USA Today concerning the old hate mail that he stores in the attic of his Atlanta home. Explaining to USA Today's national baseball writer Bob Nightengale why he keeps the decades-old letters, Aaron in an April 8 story said that they served as a constant reminder of the blight of racism. As Aaron veered into politics, ...

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