Hank Aaron, pre-game in Montreal, 1969

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Artist

Walter Iooss, American born 1943

Title

Hank Aaron, pre-game in Montreal, 1969

Date

1969, printed 1980

Medium/Dimensions

Photograph

Object Number

L2017.016.003

Description

While in pursuit of the home run record held by Babe Ruth (714), Aaron received thousands of letters daily. Some were congratulatory, but many were angry that an African American was poised to eclipse Ruth and Break baseball’s most hallowed record.
Iooss was assigned to follow Hank Aaron for a portion of the 1969 season. Usually serious of expression during this intense period of his career, Aaron burst into a genuine, hearty laugh as the legendary Satchel Paige entered the locker room.

Credit Line

Lent by Walter Iooss

Rights

© Walter Iooss

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

Sheet: 20in x 16in
Image: 17in x 11 9/16in

Citation

Walter Iooss, American born 1943, “Hank Aaron, pre-game in Montreal, 1969,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed April 20, 2021, https://digitalprojects.carlos.emory.edu/items/show/8996.

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