The days leading up to April 8, 1974 were stressful for Henry and his parents.  Henry had received over 10,000 death threats – all over a piece of wood and a ball of leather. The Atlanta Braves were playing at home on April 8, 1974 and Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron was due to hit home run 715 eclipsing Babe Ruth. Security in the stadium was ramped up, his parents were instructed that if (when) Henry hit the home run they could run the bases with him.

The right pitch came, Henry swung, and the ball sailed – home run 715. Now, would the threats come to pass? As Henry was rounding the bases, his parents did come out, so did a pair of white men by third base. What were they up to? Was this the end? No – they wanted to cheer Henry home. His teammates are making their way out of the dugout, but it is Henry’s mom who appears “off.” She is making a b-line for her son. Between third base and home she catches him, and puts him in a head lock as they approach home plate. Henry said that from her grip he knew she wasn’t going to let him go. Hammerin’ Hank’s mom said, “If they’re gonna kill my boy, they have to go through me first.”

Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.”

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