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Luminaries toast Hank Aaron

Updated: February 8, 2014, 12:36 AM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- At a hotel overlooking the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder motioned toward a window and paid Hank Aaron a huge compliment.

"The young man who lives right over there," Holder said Friday night, speaking of President Barack Obama, "his path was made easier by this man."

Forty years ago, Aaron broke the hallowed record of Babe Ruth on his way to 755 career home runs, all while combating racism with quiet dignity.

On Friday evening at a private party celebrating ...

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