*Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, the trailblazing former Major League Baseball player was recently honored with an honorary Princeton doctorate of humanity degree.
Aaron made history when he defied the color lines and became a part of the professional arena when it wasn’t popular. He also is a Hall of Famer, whose athletic abilities have gone unmatched.
In presenting The Hammer with the degree, the university cited Aaron’s “imperishable example of grace under pressure” as he chased Babe Ruth’s career home run record and received racist hate mail and death threats as a result. ”
As a player entering Major League Baseball soon after its integration in 1954, (Aaron) confronted racism with quiet dignity, and as an executive he has fought discrimination in hiring practices,” a university press release said.
Hammerin’ Hank spent 21 of his 23 professional seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves organization. Currently he is the club’s senior vice president.