The Big 10 with Jeff D’Alessio: Black History Month heroes | News


We asked 10 familiar faces — including baseball icon Hank Aaron and former Secretary of State Colin Powell — to think back to their childhood and tell us about the African-American figure they found most inspiring or intriguing.



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Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron

HANK AARON

Baseball’s all-time home run king

“I would have never thought about being a professional baseball player if I didn’t see Jackie Robinson opening the door for blacks to play in the big leagues.

“I grew up playing rag ball, and baseball was my love. The idea that I could play and make money playing came from hearing about Jackie Robinson.

“Meeting him when I was playing in the big leagues myself was very special…

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