He also did it as a black man breaking Babe Ruth’s record in the early 70’s....in the Deep South. I cannot imagine what he and his family were dealing with off the field. They made a movie about how stressful it was for Maris to top Mantles single season record and the garbage he put up with. I imagine that was not even in the same ballpark (excuse the pun) of what Hank Aaron dealt with. Amazing feat. Might be the best hitter ever to play the game.