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Although the North wasn’t as racially charged as the South, Hank still felt that he didn’t blend in with the smalltown community. People often stared at him in restaurants, and he became quiet and shy. He had never been talkative to begin with, but now he retreated into silence more than ever. Feeling alone and isolated, Hank packed his cardboard suitcase and called his family to tell them he was returning home. Luckily, his brother Herbert Jr. took the phone when Hank called. He said that if Hank left, he’d be walking out on the best break he could hope for and that he’d be crazy to leave.

After the 1949 season, the Negro League disintegrated. As the main talent moved on, the Negro Leagues were left behind. Many Negro Leaguers, including Hank Aaron, later became inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after playing out spectacular careers in the American or National Leagues. Their beginnings in the Negro Leagues not only represent a piece of baseball history, but demonstrate the social development of the entire country. Today, the Negro Leagues are accorded respect and a stature that was not recognized or realized during their lifetime.

One of the first depictions of Hank as a Milwaukee Brave includes the use of “Henry,” the name he grew up using and actually preferred. The treatment Hank received in Milwaukee was certainly more racially tolerant than during his year in the Sally League. The talk balloon, however, is a reminder of the fact that baseball as a whole was still not all that far removed from its segregationist past, and the nation as a whole still had a way to go in becoming more racially sensitive. ” 47 in carloads, hung out at pregame tailgate parties, and then went into the ballpark to cheer on their beloved Braves.

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