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Hank Aaron

Feb. 5 is the birth date — in 1934 to be exact — of baseball’s most prolific home run hitter before the steroids era tainted the game.

Hank Aaron blasted 755 homers in his major league career, most notably No. 715 on April 8, 1974, to break the record of the legendary Babe Ruth.

Gene Frenette: Henry Aaron’s death is a loss for all of America, not just Major League Baseball

Long before that, he was one of a handful of Black players who made a different kind of history by breaking the color barrier in the South Atlantic League when he joined the Jacksonville Braves in 1953.

Six Athletics with the Great Hank Aaron & His Wife at Duke Museum

Rasheed Wallace

Wallace led the North Carolina Tar Heels to the Final Four in 1995 and was selected in the NBA draft with the fourth overall pick by the Washington Bullets. His NBA career spanned 1995 to 2013 with the Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks. He was an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons for one season. He won an NBA championship with the Pistons in 2004.
In a meeting with the Jordan varsity and junior varsity basketball teams prior to his announcement, Wallace emphasized that his goal was to prepare his players for college and adulthood.

Wallace’s community volunteerism has included conducting coat drives for children and the homeless for his personal foundation, as well as sponsoring drives for community repairs, computer labs, and libraries for a local high school. His charitable works have earned him several honors including the Wilt Chamberlain Community Service Award and the NBA Assist Award.

Rasheed Wallace basketball camp at hillside High school

Myles McMillan & Rasheed Wallace

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