Fun Facts About Baseball's Greatest Players - Hank Aaron #5
Henry Louis Aaron, Hank Aaron for short was known in the majors as the Hammer or Hammerin Hank, was born in Mobile, Alabama on February 5, 1934. Hank spent one season in the negro leagues before joining Major League Baseball. He played for the Indianapolis Clowns before taking his bat to the majors. From 1954 until 1974 he played for the Milwaukee Braves that later moved to Atlanta. His last season was spent as a designated hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers. Hank never hit more than 47 home runs in a season. In his twenty-one seasons of playing he was the one to break Babe Ruths home run record of 714. On April 8, 1974, Hank Henry Aaron hit his 715th home run finally ending the chase and sitting on top all alone. This record would stand for 33 years. In his twenty one year career Hank was an All-Star each year an MLB record. Aaron has appeared in twenty-five total All-Star games another record. Hank would finish his career with 755 home runs.
Hank was on one winning World Series team the Milwaukee Braves in 1957. Aaron was a good all-around player winning three Gold Glove awards playing right field. He was a right-handed player. Hank has many more highlights and awards. These include two-time National League Batting Champion, Four-time NL home run and RBI leader. Both the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers retire his number 44.
He is also included in both the Braves Hall of Fame and the Miller Park Walk of Fame. Aaron was coted to the All-Century Team. Hammerin Hank holds a few major league hitting records that still stand. These include 2297 runs batted in, 6859 total bases and an amazing 1477 extra base hits. Hank Henry Aaron was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 on the first ballot.