The two Black sports icons discussed the similarities of their careers and lives often, including not long before Aaron died in January. Aaron faced immense pressure and personal toll as he pursued baseball’s home run record, which he broke 47 years ago Thursday with his 715th to break Babe Ruth’s long-standing mark. Elder was the first Black player to compete in the Masters, 46 years ago this week.
Elder said he was in Aaron’s office not long ago. They discussed Milwaukee, where Elder won a PGA Tour tournament and Aaron hit plenty of home runs at the city’s County Stadium.