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Statement by President George W. Bush on Hank Aaron

"The former Home Run King wasn’t handed his throne. He grew up poor and faced racism as he worked to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Hank never let the hatred he faced consume him."

January 22, 2021
President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball legend Henry Aaron during a ceremony at the White House, July 9, 2002.

"Laura and I are saddened by the passing of Hank Aaron. The former Home Run King wasn’t handed his throne. He grew up poor and faced racism as he worked to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Hank never let the hatred he faced consume him. Henry Louis Aaron was a joyful man, a loving husband to Billye, and a proud father of six children who will deeply miss him.  Laura and I send them our condolences and our thanks for sharing this great man with our country."