Open Letter: Passing The Torch! By Harold Bell

January 29, 2021

It’s been seven days since Henry “Hank the Hammer” Aaron Left us behind in his sleep, you see most people get their wings when they transition, but Hank has been flying for years. He flew above the critics and competition in the MLB, by showing up everyday, working harder than everyone around him and being consistent and great every at bat, game, series and season year after year.

Forty-four years ago, I dreamed I would one day be as good as Hank the baseball player, but that never happen for me or anyone else. Remember he is by numbers not opinion The “Greatest Of All Time” (GOAT) 44 months ago, I started coaching in a youth program in partnership with MLB, Atlanta Braves and coaching with Julie Jones and with the Boys and Girl’s club. That start up was Atlanta RBI, 4 years later the B&G club walked away from the older boy program focusing only on 13u, so I put together two leagues 18u and 15u and I did think twice and took it over.

I was just trying to make a difference in young inner city boy’s lives who wanted to play the game of baseball at a high level. I recruited teams coached by Antonio & Marquis Grissom, Tyrone Newbern , Eric Wynn, Cliff Albright, Kim Brannan, Ernest Spikes, Eddie Bowden, Shawn Livsey, Errol Rogers, Coach Dumas, Coach Austin, Coach Wray. not knowing at the time, we would collectively create BLACK BASEBALL EXCELLENCE in Atlanta and see 27 kids go on to play professional baseball and over 175 go to college. Creating jobs in MLB front offices, doctors, lawyers, financial analyst , engineers and more. Even with that we are still chasing the G. O. A. T.

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