publication date: Sunday, July 17, 2022 (part of Summer 2022)

category: Sports

clue: The player known as "Hammerin' Hank" had to be brave to overtake the Babe's record despite a wave of hate mail.

explanation: Hank Aaron overtook Babe Ruth's all-time home run record in 1974. The buildup to this event involved years of gradually escalating hate mail and racist slurs; the U.S. Postal Service said that Aaron received more mail in 1973 than anyone who wasn't a government official. more…

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Richard Slominsky


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