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#ThrowbackThursday: Hank Aaron's dad

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TAPE: SP-71  DATE: 7/31/1982  SLUG: AARON'S PARENTS TIMECODE: 24:30

In honor of Father's Day, I decided to pull out a 1982 interview with the parents of Atlanta sports icon Henry Aaron.  The interview conducted by Bill Hartman in the Aaron's home, was just before Hank was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

There are so many things to love about this video.  The joy on Estella Aaron's face when she talks about her boy, you just know that the honor is just as big of a thrill for her as it was for Hank.

Then we hear from Herbert Aaron.  His sound bites are just what you'd expect from a dad.  He first talks about how he was able to keep Henry out of trouble growing up in Mobile.  The way he says it, you know that there has to be a few great stories of how he had to keep in the Home run King in line as a child.  Then Herbert says something that melts your heart.  He's not just excited that Hank is headed to Cooperstown, but almost more tickled that his wife will be there to witness it.  His wife, by the way, would not only be well enough to experience the 1982 Hall of Fame Induction, but she'd go on to live another quarter-century before passing away in 2008.

I really like how he heaps credit on his wife for raising their right children and seems to play down the fact that he was out trying to find work during tough times in the 1930's.  Gotta love dads.

-Cody

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