Hank Aaron

Sport: MLB
Years: 1954-1976
Given the era when he broke Babe Ruth's home run record, Aaron made political "statements" countless times in the early 1970s simply by showing up to work and not being dissuaded in his quest by the constant stream of racist threats he received (and by hitting the cover off the ball on a regular basis). He's a frequent contributor to mostly Democratic candidates, including his brother-in-law, Georgia Rep. David Scott, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Georgia governors Zell Miller and Roy Barnes.