Racial tensions of the Civil Rights era displayed the confusion and changes taking place. Today we may not understand how difficult those times were for those living during such rapid changes. Sports played a significant role in unifying a nation once separated by race.
“But the chase to beat the Babe’s record revealed that world of baseball was far from being free of the racial tensions that prevailed around it. Letters poured into the Braves offices, as many as 3,000 a day for Aaron. Some wrote to congratulate him, but many others were appalled that a black man should break baseball’s most sacred record. Death threats were a part of the mix.”
Read an interview given by Hank Aaron in 2007 in which his career and the death threats he received.