By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates. Aaron grew up in a poor family. He would create his own bats and balls out of materials he found on the streets.
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, April 8, More than 53, fans were in attendance, a number dwarfed by the millions watching on live television. As Aaron jogged around the bases, the fans in the stadium and in front of their televisions erupted. Aaron had just hit his th career home run, a new major league record.
He divided his time during his junior and senior years of high school between attending the private Josephine Allen Institute and playing for the independent Negro League team the Mobile Black Bears. Aaron enjoyed his first championship while playing for the Clowns in It was in Wisconsin that Aaron replaced his cross-hand batting grip with a more traditional batting technique.
The Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee that same year. Aaron would soon be joining them. When Braves left fielder Bobby Thomson was injured during training inAaron was chosen to replace him.
Before long, the year-old was known for his home runs. He came tantalizingly close in by tying for first in the National League with 44 home runs and finishing first with runs batted in RBIsbut his.
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The season saw the Braves in a new home: In Mayhe became the first player to have both 3, career hits and career home runs. Many fans were supportive, while others were horrified at the prospect of Aaron dethroning Ruth. Racism played a role in some of the opposition, with some letters threatening the lives of Aaron as well as the sportswriters covering him.
The threats became so extreme that Atlanta police officer Calvin Wardlaw was assigned to protect Aaron for the season. His run around the bases after hitting his th was crowded; two college students ran onto the field and joined him, and his parents met him at home plate.
Following his historic season, the Braves traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers. He retired inhaving hit a total of home runs and won three Gold Gloves. Aaron was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Beginning inthe most effective hitters in the American and National Leagues were honored with the Hank Aaron Award.
Barry Bonds was congratulated by Aaron after breaking his home run record inbut because Bonds was later found to have used performance-enhancing drugs while playing many fans consider his accomplishment illegitimate.Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, ), nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder who serves as .
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His father was a shipyard worker and tavern owner. Aaron took an early interest in sports. Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron is a former Major League Baseball player who retired as the all-time leader in career home runs after playing from to with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the.
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry (Hank) Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude.
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