Pictured above is Hank Aaron hitting home run number 715 to pass up Babe Ruth! One of the greatest historic moments in Baseball! I was able to rush home from working at the school that night to see it happen on tv on April 8th of 1974! I am thankful my boss, Babe Crowell was so very kind and understood my passion for Baseball! Those were fun and free days! Hank received thousands of death threats during this time! Racism raised its ugly head! The satanic racists did not want to see a black man break a white mans record! Sadly, racism is still a huge problem in America! Will it ever change? I pray so! Repent America! God bless the memory of Hank Aaron as he had hell thrown at him and handled it with bravery and grace! I will always remember Hank’s smile!

I have no room for racism! My Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary Moede were foster parents for many young black children in the 60’s in Windom, Minnesota. Joe and Mary ended up adopting some of these very precious children, some were rescued from the ghettos of Minneapolis. All people are precious to God. God knows no race. Those who are racist will have to face God for their words and actions. I’m calling on ALL PASTORS AND CHRISTIANS TO SPEAK OUT AGIANT THIS EVIL! Way too many are silent on this work of Satan! The Church is being to silent on many issues that concern God.

The Church was designed to be on the forefront of the conversations about race. The Church has been called to speak out against oppression, defend the marginalized, live as peacemakers and lead their communities in reconciliation and transformative change.

There is no group more prepared for this moment and equipped by God to delve into these divisive issues in society than the people of God filled with the Spirit of God and informed by the Word of God. We must recognize these gifts in this moment and bring the hope of Christ to what seems to be a hopeless situation.

We know all this. To do nothing would be wrong. To say nothing would negate our witness.

God Bless the memory of Hank Aaron!

Hank Aaron: A magnificent ballplayer and a profile in courage
Major League Baseball has presented the Hank Aaron Award to the best offensive players in each league since 1999. The winners are recognized at the World Series.

In 2019, there was some question about whether Aaron would be on hand for the ceremony. He had been using a wheelchair, and traveling from his home in Georgia to Houston could be difficult.

But Aaron arrived before Game 2, and as word spread through Minute Maid Park that he would join the press conference, what is usually a comfortably sized room grew small.

Jose Altuve, in full uniform, popped out of the Astros clubhouse to shake Aaron’s hand. David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, on hand working for Fox, clustered around him like star-struck kids, waiting their turn to share a moment with him.

Is there anybody who didn’t admire Hank Aaron, who died Friday at the age of 86?

It seems impossible not to. At a time when our nation is still wrestling with the stain of racism, Aaron’s undaunted pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974 amid threats to his life remains a profile in courage.

Read an appreciation of Hank Aaron by Peter Abraham at BostonGlobe.com/Sports.

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