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'The Last Hero:' Here comes Henry

Updated: May 12, 2010, 12:36 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Editor's note: This excerpt from "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron," by Howard Bryant, details the hype surrounding the 20-year-old Aaron during spring training in 1954. Copyright © 2010 by Howard Bryant. Excerpted with permission by Pantheon Books.

Anticipation of Henry's arrival in the spring of 1954 was heightened by the fact that no one, apart from the Milwaukee scouts, minor-league personnel, and occasionally the owner, Lou Perini, or the general manager, John Quinn, ...

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