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Billy Reed: Remembering Hank Aaron, a baseball superstar and a man of grace, eloquence

When it was obvious that Henry Aaron was ready for baseball’s major leagues, he received contract offers from the New York Giants and Milwaukee Braves. He signed with the Braves only because their offer was $50 higher. As Aaron observed years later, “That $50 is all that kept Willie Mays and I from being teammates.” It is difficult to imagine a team with Mays in center field and Aaron in right....

Billy Reed: Recent diamond success of Tribe brings back memories of wonderous ’54 season

At the wise age of 11, I already knew enough about major-league baseball to matter-of-factly predict that the Cleveland Indians would easily defeat the New York Giants in the 1954 World Series. The Indians had interrupted the New York Yankees’ dynasty in the American League, much to the delight of baseball fans everywhere, and they did it with a vengeance, winning 111 times in a 154-game schedule. They...