Sandy Tolan was back on my show today to talk about Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron. A few years ago, Sandy wrote the book “Me and Hank,” about his correspondence with the Braves slugger at the time he was breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record. This afternoon, he offered some perspective on that achievement (and how Aaron handled the thousands of death threats and racial hatred that accompanied it) and compared it to the Bonds situation.
This weekend, Sandy had a piece on Salon urging MLB commissioner Bud Selig to be there when Bonds breaks the record, rather than repeating Bowie Kuhn’s no-show mistake in 1974 for Aaron. Shortly after our interview, Selig announced he would “try” to be there. Gee, I hope he can get a ticket.