Howard Bryant to Appear at Hall of Fame for Authors’ Series Program on Hank Aaron Book

Program to be Held Tuesday and is Included with Museum Admission

August 10, 2010
Howard Bryand will discuss his new book about Hank Aaron (above) on Tuesday, Aug. 17. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Henry Aaron's remarkable story is told every day in Cooperstown through the Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Now, the man who wrote the book on Aaron is coming to Cooperstown to tell his story.

Howard Bryant will discuss his new book The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as part of the Museum's continuing Authors' Series program. Bryant's book – based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself – chronicles Aaron's life from his childhood in Alabama right up through the shattering of Babe Ruth's home run record and beyond.

The 1 p.m. program will be held in the Museum's Bullpen Theater and a book signing will follow the program, with copies of the book available in the Museum Bookstore.

Aaron, a 25-time All-Star with the Braves and the Brewers, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. In his 23-year big league career, Aaron drove in 2,297 runs – a record that still stands – and retired with a then-record 755 home runs. The Hall of Fame's permanent exhibit Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream records his life from his childhood in Mobile, Ala., through his playing career and his post-career business and philanthropic successes.

Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN's The Sports Reporters, ESPN First Take and Outside the Lines. He serves as a sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.

The Hall of Fame's Authors' Series continues throughout August. The program brings several noted writers to the Hall of Fame's Bullpen Theater for special lectures as fans can hear first-hand how their stories became part of written history. These educational presentations allow visitors to learn the story behind the stories.

For more information about these and other programs, please visit www.hofclubhouse.com.

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