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MLB records:

2,297 runs batted in 6,856 total bases 1,477 extra-base hits

Member of the National

Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame

Induction 1982

Vote 97.83% (first ballot)

Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, 1934), nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB) right fielder who serves as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/ Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
in the National League
National League
(NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
in the American League
American League
(AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times.[1] In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list. Aaron was born and raised in and around Mobile, Alabama. Aaron had seven siblings, including Tommie Aaron, who later played in MLB with him. Baseball was racially segregated when Aaron began his career. He appeared briefly in the Negro American League
American League
and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career.[2] He played late in Negro league history; by his final MLB season, Aaron was the last Negro league baseball
Negro league baseball
player on a major league roster. Aaron played the vast majority of his MLB games in right field, though he appeared at several other infield and outfield positions. In his last two seasons, he was primarily a designated hitter.[3] Aaron was an NL All-Star for 20 seasons and an AL All-Star for 1 season, from 1955 through 1975. Aaron holds the record for the most seasons as an All-Star and the most All-Star Game selections (25),[a] and is tied with Willie Mays
Willie Mays
and Stan Musial
Stan Musial
for the most All-Star Games played (24). He was a Gold Glove winner for three seasons. In 1957, he was the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) when the Milwaukee Braves
Milwaukee Braves
won the World Series. He won the NL Player of the Month award in May 1958 and June 1967. Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in (RBI) (2,297), extra base hits (1,477), and total bases (6,856). Aaron is also in the top five for career hits (3,771) and runs (2,174). He is one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits.[4] Aaron is in second place in home runs (755) and at-bats (12,364), and in third place in games played (3,298). At the time of his retirement, Aaron held most of the game's key career power hitting records. Since his retirement, Aaron has held front office roles with the Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award
Hank Aaron Award
to recognize the top offensive players in each league. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
in 2002. He was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society
Georgia Historical Society
in recognition of accomplishments that reflect the ideals of Georgia's founders. Aaron resides near Atlanta.[5]

Contents

1 Early life

1.1 Negro league and minor league career

2 MLB career

2.1 Prime of his career 2.2 Home run
Home run
milestones and 3,000th hit 2.3 Breaking Ruth's record

3 Post-playing career 4 Awards and honors 5 See also 6 Notes 7 Footnotes 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, to Herbert Aaron, Sr. and Estella Aaron.[6][7] He had seven siblings.[6] Tommie Aaron, one of his brothers, also went on to play Major League Baseball. By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings (768). They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates.[8] While he was born in a section of Mobile referred to as "Down the Bay", he spent most of his youth in Toulminville. Aaron grew up in a poor family.[6] His family could not afford baseball equipment, so he practiced by hitting bottle caps with sticks. He would create his own bats and balls out of materials he found on the streets.[9] His boyhood idol was baseball star Jackie Robinson.[10] Aaron attended Central High School as a freshman and a sophomore. Like most high schools they did not have organized baseball, and so he played outfield and third base for the Mobile Black Bears, a semipro team.[11] Aaron was a member in the Boy Scouts of America. Although he batted cross-handed (i.e., as a right-handed hitter, with his left hand above his right), Aaron established himself as a power hitter. As a result, in 1949, at the age of fifteen, Aaron had his first tryout with an MLB franchise, the Brooklyn Dodgers; however, he did not make the team.[2][12] After this, Aaron returned to school to finish his secondary education, attending the Josephine Allen Institute, a private high school in Alabama. During his junior year, Aaron first joined the Pritchett Athletics,[12] followed by the Mobile Black Bears, an independent Negro league team.[6] While on the Bears, Aaron earned $3 per game ($94 today), which was a dollar more than he got while on the Athletics.[12] Negro league and minor league career[edit] On November 20, 1951, baseball scout Ed Scott signed Aaron to a contract on behalf of the Indianapolis Clowns
Indianapolis Clowns
of the Negro American League where he played three months.[13][14] He started play as a 6 feet (180 cm), 180 pounds (82 kg), shortstop,[15] and earned $200 per month.[16] As a result of his standout play with the Indianapolis Clowns, Aaron received two offers from MLB teams via telegram, one from the New York Giants and the other from the Boston Braves. Years later, Aaron remembered:

"I had the Giants' contract in my hand. But the Braves offered fifty dollars a month more. That's the only thing that kept Willie Mays
Willie Mays
and me from being teammates – fifty dollars."[17]

While with the Clowns he experienced some overt racism. His team was in Washington, D.C.

"We had breakfast while we were waiting for the rain to stop, and I can still envision sitting with the Clowns in a restaurant behind Griffith Stadium and hearing them break all the plates in the kitchen after we finished eating. What a horrible sound. Even as a kid, the irony of it hit me: here we were in the capital in the land of freedom and equality, and they had to destroy the plates that had touched the forks that had been in the mouths of black men. If dogs had eaten off those plates, they'd have washed them."[18]

The Howe Sports Bureau credits Aaron with a .366 batting average in 26 official Negro league games, with 5 home runs, 33 runs batted in (RBI), 41 hits, and 9 stolen bases.[19] The Braves purchased Aaron from the Clowns for $10,000,[20] which GM John Quinn thought was a steal as he stated that he felt that Aaron was a $100,000 property.[16] On June 12, 1952, Aaron signed with Braves' scout Dewey Griggs.[16] During this time, he picked up the nickname 'pork chops' because it "was the only thing I knew to order off the menu."[21] A teammate later said, "the man ate pork chops three meals a day, two for breakfast."[22] The Braves assigned Aaron to the Eau Claire Bears, the Braves' Northern League Class-C farm team.[6] The 1952 season proved to be very beneficial for Aaron. Playing in the infield, Aaron continued to develop as a ballplayer and made the Northern League's All-Star team.[6] He broke his habit of hitting cross-handed and adopted the standard hitting technique. By the end of the season, he had performed so well that the league made him the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year.[2][6] Although he appeared in just 87 games, he scored 89 runs, had 116 hits, nine home runs, and 61 RBI.[6] In addition, Aaron hit for a .336 batting average.[6] During his minor league experience, he was very homesick and faced constant racism, but his brother, Herbert Jr., told him not to give up the opportunity.[23] In 1953, the Braves promoted him to the Jacksonville Braves, their Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.[6] Helped by Aaron's performance, the Braves won the league championship that year. Aaron led the league in runs (115), hits (208), doubles (36), RBI (125), total bases (338), and batting average (.362).[6] He won the league's Most Valuable Player Award.[6][11] and had such a dominant year that one sportswriter was prompted to say, "Henry Aaron led the league in everything except hotel accommodations."[24] Aaron's time with the Braves did not come without problems. He was one of the first African Americans to play in the league.[25] The 1950s were a period of racial segregation in parts of the United States, especially the southeastern portion of the country. When Aaron traveled around Jacksonville, Florida, and the surrounding areas, he was often separated from his team because of Jim Crow laws. In most circumstances, the team was responsible for arranging housing and meals for its players, but Aaron often had to make his own arrangements.[26] The Braves' manager, Ben Geraghty, tried his best to help Aaron on and off the field. Former Braves minor league player and sportswriter Pat Jordan said, "Aaron gave [Geraghty] much of the credit for his own swift rise to stardom."[27] That same year, Aaron met his future wife, Barbara Lucas. The night they met, Lucas decided to attend the Braves' game. Aaron singled, doubled, and hit a home run in the game. On October 6, Aaron and Lucas married.[28] In 1958, Aaron's wife noted that during the offseason he liked "to sit and watch those shooting westerns." He also enjoyed cooking and fishing.[28] Aaron spent the winter of 1953 playing in Puerto Rico. Mickey Owen, the team's manager, helped Aaron with his batting stance. Up to that time, Aaron hit most pitches to left field or center field, but after working with Owen, Aaron was able to hit the ball more effectively all over the field.[2][better source needed] During his stay in Puerto Rico, Owen also helped Aaron to transition from second baseman to outfielder. Aaron had not played well at second base, but Owen had noted that Aaron could catch fly balls and throw the ball well from the outfield to the infield.[29] The stint in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
also allowed Aaron to avoid being drafted into military service. Though the Korean War
Korean War
was over, people were still being drafted. The Braves were able to speak to the draft board, making the case that Aaron could be the player to integrate the Southern Association the following season with the Atlanta
Atlanta
Crackers. The board appears to have been convinced, as Aaron was not drafted.[29] MLB career[edit] 1954 saw Aaron attending spring training with the major league club. Although he was on the roster of its farm club, Milwaukee
Milwaukee
manager Charley Grimm
Charley Grimm
later stated, "From the start, he did so well I knew we were going to have to carry him."[16] On March 13, 1954, Milwaukee Braves left fielder Bobby Thomson
Bobby Thomson
fractured his ankle while sliding into second base during a spring training game. The next day, Aaron made his first spring training start for the Braves' major league team, playing in left field and hitting a home run.[11] This led Hank Aaron to a major league contract, signed on the final day of spring training, and a Braves uniform with the number five.[30] On April 13, Aaron made his major league debut and was hitless in five at-bats against the Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reds' left-hander Joe Nuxhall.[31] In the same game, Eddie Mathews
Eddie Mathews
hit two home runs, the first of a record 863 home runs the pair would hit as teammates. On April 15, Aaron collected his first major league hit, a double off Cardinals' pitcher Vic Raschi.[32] Aaron hit his first major league home run on April 23, also off Raschi.[6] Over the next 122 games, Aaron batted .280 with thirteen homers before he suffered a fractured ankle on September 5. He then changed his number to 44, which would turn out to look like a "lucky number" for the slugger. Aaron would hit 44 home runs in four different seasons,[33] and he hit his record-breaking 715th career home run off Dodgers pitcher Al Downing, who coincidentally also wore number 44.[34] At this point, Aaron was known to family and friends primarily as "Henry." Braves' public relations director Don Davidson, observing Aaron's quiet, reserved nature, began referring to him publicly as "Hank" in order to suggest more accessibility. The nickname quickly gained currency, but "Henry" continued to be cited frequently in the media, both sometimes appearing in the same article, and Aaron would answer to either one. During his rookie year, his other well-known nicknames, "Hammerin' Hank" (by teammates) and "Bad Henry" (by opposing pitchers) are reported to have arisen.[35] Prime of his career[edit]

Aaron with the Braves in 1960

Aaron hit .314 with 27 home runs and 106 RBI, in 1955. He was named to the NL All-Star roster for the first time; it was the first of a record 21 All-Star selections and first of a record 25 All-Star Game appearances.[36][37] In 1956, Aaron hit .328 and captured the first of two NL batting titles. He was also named The Sporting News NL Player of the Year. In 1957, Aaron won his only NL MVP
NL MVP
Award,[6] as he had his first brush with the triple crown.[38] He batted .322, placing third, and led the league in home runs and runs batted in.[6] On September 23, 1957, Aaron hit a two-run game-ending home run in Milwaukee, clinching the pennant for the Braves and being carried off the field by his teammates. Milwaukee
Milwaukee
went on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees, the defending champions.[6] Aaron did his part by hitting .393 with three homers and seven RBI. On December 15, 1957, his wife gave birth to twins.[28] Two days later, one of the children died.[28] In 1958, Aaron hit .326, with 30 home runs and 95 RBI. He led the Braves to another pennant, but this time they lost a seven-game World Series
World Series
to the Yankees. Aaron finished third in the MVP race and he received his first of three Gold Glove Awards. During the next several years, Aaron had some of his best games and best seasons as a major league player. On June 21, 1959, against the San Francisco Giants, he hit three two-run home runs. It was the only time in his career that he hit three home runs in a game.[39] In 1963, Aaron nearly won the triple crown. He led the league with 44 home runs and 130 RBI and finished third in batting average.[nb 1] In that season, Aaron became the third player to steal 30 bases and hit 30 home runs in a single season. Despite that, he again finished third in the MVP voting. The Braves moved from Milwaukee
Milwaukee
to Atlanta
Atlanta
after the 1965 season. In 1968, Aaron was the first Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
player to hit his 500th career home run, and in 1970, he was the first Atlanta Brave to reach 3,000 career hits.[40] Home run
Home run
milestones and 3,000th hit[edit] During his days in Atlanta, Aaron reached a number of milestones; he was only the eighth player ever to hit 500 career home runs, with his 500th coming against Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
on July 14, 1968—exactly one year after former Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Braves teammate Eddie Mathews
Eddie Mathews
had hit his 500th.[41] Aaron was, at the time, the second-youngest player to reach that plateau.[nb 2] On July 31, 1969, Aaron hit his 537th home run, passing Mickey Mantle's total; this moved Aaron into third place on the career home run list, after Willie Mays
Willie Mays
and Babe Ruth. At the end of the 1969 season, Aaron again finished third in the MVP voting. In 1970, Aaron reached two more career milestones. On May 17, Aaron collected his 3,000th hit, in a game against the Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reds, the team against which he played in his first major-league game.[42] Aaron established the record for most seasons with thirty or more home runs in the National League. On April 27, 1971, Aaron hit his 600th career home run, the third major league player ever to do so. On July 13, Aaron hit a home run in the All-Star Game (played at Detroit's Tiger Stadium) for the first time. He hit his 40th home run of the season against the Giants' Jerry Johnson on August 10, which established a National League
National League
record for most seasons with 40 or more home runs (seven). At age 37, he hit a career-high 47 home runs during the season (along with a career-high .669 slugging percentage) and finished third in MVP voting for the sixth time. During the strike-shortened season of 1972, Aaron tied and then surpassed Willie Mays for second place on the career home run list. Aaron also knocked in the 2,000th run of his career and hit a home run in the first All-Star game played in Atlanta. As the year came to a close, Aaron broke Stan Musial's major-league record for total bases (6,134). Aaron finished the season with 673 home runs. Breaking Ruth's record[edit]

The Braves' jersey Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
wore when he broke Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974

Aaron himself downplayed the "chase" to surpass Babe Ruth, while baseball enthusiasts and the national media grew increasingly excited as he closed in on the 714 career home runs record. Aaron received thousands of letters every week during the summer of 1973, including hate mail; the Braves ended up hiring a secretary to help him sort through it.[43] Aaron (then age 39) hit 40 home runs in 392 at-bats, ending the 1973 season one home run short of the record. He hit home run number 713 on September 29, 1973, and with one day remaining in the season, many expected him to tie the record. But in his final game that year, playing against the Houston Astros
Houston Astros
(managed by Leo Durocher, who had once roomed with Babe Ruth), he was unable to achieve this. After the game, Aaron stated that his only fear was that he might not live to see the 1974 season. [44] He was the recipient of death threats during the 1973–1974 offseason and a large assortment of hate mail from people who did not want to see Aaron break Ruth's nearly sacrosanct home run record.[45] The threats extended to those providing positive press coverage of Aaron. Lewis Grizzard, then sports editor of the Atlanta
Atlanta
Journal, reported receiving numerous phone calls calling journalists "nigger lovers" for covering Aaron's chase. While preparing the massive coverage of the home run record, he quietly had an obituary written, afraid that Aaron might be murdered.[46] Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
pointedly summarized the racist vitriol that Aaron was forced to endure:

"Is this to be the year in which Aaron, at the age of thirty-nine, takes a moon walk above one of the most hallowed individual records in American sport...? Or will it be remembered as the season in which Aaron, the most dignified of athletes, was besieged with hate mail and trapped by the cobwebs and goblins that lurk in baseball's attic?"[47]

At the end of the 1973 season, Aaron received a plaque from the US Postal Service for receiving more mail (930,000 pieces) than any person excluding politicians.[18] Aaron received an outpouring of public support in response to the bigotry. Newspaper cartoonist Charles Schulz
Charles Schulz
created a series of Peanuts
Peanuts
strips printed in August 1973 in which Snoopy attempts to break the Ruth record, only to be besieged with hate mail. Lucy says in the August 11 strip, "Hank Aaron is a great player...but you! If you break Babe Ruth's record, it'll be a disgrace!" Coincidentally, Snoopy was only one home run short of tying the record (and finished the season as such when Charlie Brown got picked off during Snoopy's last at-bat), and as it turned out, Aaron finished the 1973 season one home run short of Ruth.[48] Babe Ruth's widow, Claire Hodgson, even denounced the racism and declared that her husband would have enthusiastically cheered Aaron's attempt at the record.[49] As the 1974 season began, Aaron's pursuit of the record caused a small controversy. The Braves opened the season on the road in Cincinnati
Cincinnati
with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Braves management wanted him to break the record in Atlanta, and were therefore going to have Aaron sit out the first three games of the season. But Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn
Bowie Kuhn
ruled that he had to play two games in the first series. He played two out of three, tying Babe Ruth's record, 4 April 1974, in his very first at bat—on his first swing of the season—off Reds pitcher Jack Billingham, but did not hit another home run in the series.[50]

The fence outside of Turner Field
Turner Field
over which Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
hit his 715th career home run still exists.

The Braves returned to Atlanta, and on April 8, 1974, a crowd of 53,775 people showed up for the game—a Braves attendance record. The game was also broadcast nationally on NBC. In the fourth inning, Aaron hit home run number 715 off Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
pitcher Al Downing.[6] Although Dodgers outfielder Bill Buckner
Bill Buckner
nearly went over the outfield wall trying to catch it, the ball landed in the Braves' bullpen, where relief pitcher Tom House caught it. While cannons were fired in celebration, two college students [51] sprinted onto the field and jogged alongside Aaron for part of his circuit around the bases, temporarily startling him. A very youthful Craig Sager
Craig Sager
actually interviewed Aaron between third and home for a television station, WXLT (now WWSB-Channel 40) in Sarasota.[52] As the fans cheered wildly, Aaron's parents ran onto the field as well. Braves announcer Milo Hamilton, calling the game on WSB radio, described the scene as Aaron broke the record: "Henry Aaron, in the second inning walked and scored. He's sittin' on 714. Here's the pitch by Downing. Swinging. There's a drive into left-center field. That ball is gonna be-eee... Outta here! It's gone! It's 715! There's a new home run champion of all time, and it's Henry Aaron! The fireworks are going. Henry Aaron is coming around third. His teammates are at home plate. And listen to this crowd!"[53] Meanwhile, Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully
addressed the racial tension — or apparent lack thereof — in his call of the home run: "What a marvelous moment for baseball; what a marvelous moment for Atlanta
Atlanta
and the state of Georgia; what a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron. ...And for the first time in a long time, that poker face in Aaron shows the tremendous strain and relief of what it must have been like to live with for the past several months."[54] On October 2, 1974, Aaron hit his 733rd and final home run as a Braves player.[55] Thirty days later, after Aaron decided not to retire, the Braves traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
for Roger Alexander and Dave May. The trade re-united Aaron with former teammate Del Crandall, who was now managing the Brewers. On May 1, 1975, Aaron broke baseball's all-time RBI record, previously held by Ruth with 2,213. That year, he also played in his last and 24th All-Star Game (25th All-Star Game selection[56]); he lined out to Dave Concepción as a pinch-hitter in the second inning. This All-Star Game, like the first one he played in 1955, was before a home crowd at Milwaukee County Stadium. Aaron hit his 755th and final home run on July 20, 1976, at Milwaukee County Stadium off Dick Drago of the California Angels, which stood as the MLB career home run record until it was broken in 2007 by Barry Bonds. Over the course of his record-breaking 23-year career, Aaron had a batting average of .305 with 163 hits a season, while hitting an average of just over 32 home runs a year and knocking home 99 runs batted in (RBIs) a year. He had 100+ RBIs
RBIs
in a season 15 times, including a record 13 in a row.[38]

Post-playing career[edit]

Hank Aaron's Hall of Fame plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
in Cooperstown, New York

After the 1976 season, Aaron rejoined the Braves as an executive.[15] On August 1, 1982, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, having received votes on 97.8 percent of the ballots, second only to Ty Cobb, who had received votes on 98.2% of the ballot in the inaugural 1936 Hall of Fame election.[57] Aaron was then named the Braves' vice president and director of player development. This made him one of the first minorities in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
upper-level management.[24] Since December 1980, he has served as senior vice president and assistant to the Braves' president.[24] He is the corporate vice president of community relations for TBS, a member of the company's board of directors and the vice president of business development for The Airport Network.[24] On January 21, 2007, Major League Baseball announced the sale of the Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves. In that announcement, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig
Bud Selig
also announced that Aaron would be playing a major role in the management of Braves, forming programs through major league baseball that will encourage the influx of minorities into baseball.[58] Aaron founded the Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
Rookie League program.[59]

Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
during his August 5, 1978 visit to the White House.

Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
at the LBJ Library in 2015

His autobiography, I Had a Hammer was published in 1990. The book's title is a play on his nickname, "The Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", and the title of the folk song "If I Had a Hammer". Aaron now owns Hank Aaron BMW
BMW
of south Atlanta
Atlanta
in Union City, Georgia, where he gives an autographed baseball with every car sold.[60] Aaron also owns Mini, Land Rover, Toyota, Hyundai
Hyundai
and Honda
Honda
dealerships throughout Georgia, as part of the Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
Automotive Group. Aaron sold all but the Toyota
Toyota
dealership in McDonough in 2007. Additionally, Aaron owns a chain of 30 restaurants around the country. During the 2006 season, San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
slugger Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds
passed Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
and moved into second place on the all-time home run list, attracting growing media coverage as he drew closer to Aaron's record. Playing off the intense interest in their perceived rivalry, Aaron and Bonds made a television commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLI, shortly before the start of the 2007 baseball season, in which Aaron jokingly tried to persuade Bonds to retire before breaking the record.[61] As Bonds began to close in on the record during the 2007 season, Aaron let it be known that, although he recognized Bonds' achievements, he would not be present when Bonds broke the record.[62] There was considerable speculation that this was a snubbing of Bonds based on the widespread belief that Bonds had used performance-enhancing drugs and steroids to aid his achievement. However, some observers looked back on Aaron's personal history, pointing out that he had downplayed his own breaking of Babe Ruth's all-time record and suggesting that Aaron was simply treating Bonds in a similar fashion. In a later interview with Atlanta sportscasting personality Chris Dimino, Aaron made it clear that his reluctance to attend any celebration of a new home run record was based upon his personal conviction that baseball is not about breaking records, but simply playing to the best of one's potential.[62] After Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th home run on August 7, 2007, Aaron made a surprise appearance on the JumboTron
JumboTron
video screen at AT&T Park in San Francisco to congratulate Bonds on his accomplishment:

I would like to offer my congratulations to Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds
on becoming baseball's career home run leader. It is a great accomplishment which required skill, longevity, and determination. Throughout the past century, the home run has held a special place in baseball and I have been privileged to hold this record for 33 of those years. I move over now and offer my best wishes to Barry and his family on this historical achievement. My hope today, as it was on that April evening in 1974, is that the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams.

Aaron lives in the Atlanta
Atlanta
area.[63] In July 2013, media reported that his home was burglarized. Jewelry and two BMW
BMW
vehicles were stolen. The cars were later recovered.[63] Awards and honors[edit]

Hank Aaron's number 44 was retired by the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
in 1977.

Hank Aaron's number 44 was retired by the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
in 1976.

Aaron was awarded the Spingarn Medal
Spingarn Medal
in 1976, from the NAACP.[64] In 1982, Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
during his first year of eligibility. In 1988 Aaron was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
for his time spent on the Milwaukee Braves.[65] In 1999, MLB created the Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
Award, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Aaron's surpassing of Babe Ruth's career home run mark of 714 home runs and to honor Aaron's contributions to baseball. The award is given annually to the baseball hitters voted the most effective in each respective league. That same year, baseball fans named Aaron to the Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
All-Century Team. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante
Molefi Kete Asante
listed Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. When the city of Atlanta
Atlanta
was converting Centennial Olympic Stadium into a new baseball stadium, many local residents hoped the stadium would be named for Hank Aaron. When the stadium was instead named Turner Field
Turner Field
(after Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
owner Ted Turner), a section of Capitol Avenue running past the stadium was renamed Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
Drive. The stadium's street number is 755, after Aaron's total number of home runs; the 755 street number was retained for Turner Field's replacement, SunTrust Park. In April 1997, a new baseball facility for the AA Mobile Bay Bears
Mobile Bay Bears
constructed in Aaron's hometown of Mobile, Alabama was named Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
Stadium.[66] Georgia State University acquired Turner Field, since rebuilt as Georgia State Stadium, in 2017, and university officials plan to build a new baseball park on the former Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
site, incorporating the left field wall where Aaron hit his record-breaking home run. On February 5, 1999, at his 65th birthday celebration, Major League Baseball announced the introduction of the Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
Award.[67] The award honors the best overall offensive performer in the American and National League. It was the first major award to be introduced in more than thirty years and had the distinction of being the first award named after a player who was still alive.[68] Later that year, he ranked fifth on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players,[69] and was elected to the Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
All-Century Team.[70] In July 2000 and again in July 2002, Aaron threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
All-Star Game, played at Turner Field
Turner Field
and Miller Park, respectively.[71] On January 8, 2001, Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton.[72] He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
in June 2002.[73] In 2001, a recreational trail in Milwaukee
Milwaukee
connecting Miller Park with Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
along the Menomonee River
Menomonee River
was dedicated as the "Hank Aaron State Trail". Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
was on hand for the dedication. Aaron is on the Board of Selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service.[74] In 2002, Aaron was honored with the "Lombardi Award of Excellence" from the Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi
Cancer Foundation. The award was created to honor Coach Lombardi's legacy, and is awarded annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the Coach. Aaron dedicated the new exhibit "Hank Aaron-Chasing the Dream" at the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
on April 25, 2009.[75] Statues of Aaron stand outside the front entrance of both Turner Field
Turner Field
and Miller Park. There is also a statue of him as an eighteen-year-old shortstop outside Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin,[76] where he played his first season in the Braves' minor league system. He was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia, to recognize accomplishments and community service that reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees, which governed the Georgia colony from 1732 to 1752.[77] Aaron received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in January 2016.[78]

See also[edit]

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^ His average was .319, .007 behind the leader, Tommy Davis. ^ Aaron was 34 years, five months and nine days old. Jimmie Foxx
Jimmie Foxx
was the youngest to reach the mark at the time. Since then, Alex Rodriguez has become the youngest to reach this mark.

^ MLB held two All-Star Games from 1959 through 1962

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^ Anon 2013 ^ a b c d Johnson 2013 ^ " Hank Aaron
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Fielding Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.  ^ Anon 2013a ^ Anon 2013c ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Bily 2002, pp. 1–3 ^ Porter 2000, p. 1 ^ Bryant 2010[page needed] ^ Nemec 1994, p. 222 ^ " Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Aaron's boyhood idol". Toledo Blade. April 1, 1974. Retrieved February 6, 2016.  ^ a b c Allen & Gilbert 1999, p. 2 ^ a b c Bryant 2010, p. 33 ^ Anon 2013d ^ "Stealing Home". Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ a b Hoiberg 2010, p. 5 ^ a b c d Candee 1958, p. 3 ^ Honig 2000, p. 290 ^ a b Schwarz & Thorn, p. 819 ^ Vascellaro 2005, p. 20 ^ Bryant 2010, p. 43 ^ Associated Press 1999 ^ Pollock 2006, p. 228 ^ Spencer 2002, p. 27 ^ a b c d Schwartz 1999 ^ Bryant 2010, p. 50 ^ Ronald Monestime (February 6, 2011). "This Day in Black Sports History: February 5, 1934". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ Jordan 2005, p. 196 ^ a b c d Candee 1958, p. 4 ^ a b Vascellaro, Charlie (2005). Hank Aaron: A biography (1. publ. ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 46–47. ISBN 0313330018. Retrieved February 6, 2016.  ^ Bryant 2010, p. 80 ^ Allen & Gilbert 1999, p. 4 ^ Anon 2009 ^ Bryant 2010, p. 541 ^ Young 2013 ^ Musick 1974, p. 66 ^ Anon 2013b ^ Donnelly, Patrick. SportsData LLC. (2012). Midsummer Classics: Celebrating MLB's All-Star Game. 1959–1962: "all players who were named to the AL or NL roster were credited with one appearance per season" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 30, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. . SportsData http://www.sportsdatallc.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015. ^ a b Wolpin 1990, p. 1 ^ Stanton 2005, p. 142 ^ Yuhasz 2005 ^ Anon 2012 ^ Stanton 2005, p. 202 ^ Stanton 2005, p. 62 ^ Stanton 2005, p. 179 ^ Stanton 2005, p. 64 ^ Grizzard 1990, pp. 239–240 ^ Leggett 1973, p. 29 ^ Schulz 2009, p. 95 ^ Stanton 2005, p. 25 ^ Minter 2002 ^ Poling 2010 ^ Hiestand 2013 ^ Justice 2014 ^ Anon 2010 ^ Anon 2014 ^ Donnelly, Patrick. SportsData LLC. (2012). Midsummer Classics: Celebrating MLB's All-Star Game. 1959–1962: "all players who were named to the AL or NL roster were credited with one appearance per season" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 30, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. . SportsData http://www.sportsdatallc.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015 ^ Braunstein & Wolpin 2006 ^ Blum 2007[dead link] ^ Robinson, Jr. 1999, p. 1 ^ "Sports stars of Alabama: Where are they now?". Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ Anon 2013e ^ a b Gimbel 2007 ^ a b Inabinett 2013 ^ naacp.com 2013 ^ Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation 2013 ^ Anon 2013f ^ The Sporting News 2011 ^ "HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT". Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ Anon 2013g ^ Anon 2013h ^ Associated Press 2000 ^ Messina 2011 ^ Office of the Press Secretary 2002 ^ Jefferson Awards 2013 ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
2013 ^ Anon 2013i ^ Van Brimmer 2010 ^ " Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
presented with Order of the Rising Sun". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 

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National League
Outfielder Gold Glove Award

1958: Aaron, Mays, Robinson 1959: Aaron, Brandt, Mays 1960: Aaron, Mays, Moon 1961: Clemente, Mays, Pinson 1962: Clemente, Mays, Virdon 1963: Clemente, Flood, Mays 1964: Clemente, Flood, Mays 1965: Clemente, Flood, Mays 1966: Clemente, Flood, Mays 1967: Clemente, Flood, Mays 1968: Clemente, Flood, Mays 1969: Clemente, Flood, Rose 1970: Agee, Clemente, Rose 1971: Bo. Bonds, Clemente, W. Davis 1972: Cedeño, Clemente, W. Davis 1973: Bo. Bonds, Cedeño, W. Davis 1974: Bo. Bonds, Cedeño, Gerónimo 1975: Cedeño, Gerónimo, Maddox 1976: Cedeño, Gerónimo, Maddox 1977: Gerónimo, Maddox, Parker 1978: Maddox, Parker, Valentine 1979: Maddox, Parker, Winfield 1980: Dawson, Maddox, Winfield 1981: Baker, Dawson, Maddox 1982: Dawson, Maddox, Murphy 1983: Dawson, McGee, Murphy 1984: Dawson, Dernier, Murphy 1985: Dawson, McGee, Murphy 1986: Gwynn, McGee, Murphy 1987: E. Davis, Dawson, Gwynn 1988: E. Davis, Dawson, Van Slyke 1989: E. Davis, Gwynn, Van Slyke 1990: Ba. Bonds, Gwynn, Van Slyke 1991: Ba. Bonds, Gwynn, Van Slyke 1992: Ba. Bonds, Van Slyke, Walker 1993: Ba. Bonds, Grissom, Walker 1994: Ba. Bonds, Grissom, Lewis 1995: Finley, Grissom, Mondesí 1996: Ba. Bonds, Finley, Grissom 1997: Ba. Bonds, Mondesí, Walker 1998: Ba. Bonds, Jones, Walker 1999: Finley, Jones, Walker 2000: Edmonds, Finley, Jones 2001: Edmonds, Jones, Walker 2002: Edmonds, Jones, Walker 2003: Cruz, Edmonds, Jones 2004: Edmonds, Finley, Jones 2005: Abreu, Edmonds, Jones 2006: Beltrán, Cameron, Jones 2007: Beltrán, Jones, Francoeur, Rowand 2008: Beltrán, McLouth, Victorino 2009: Bourn, Kemp, Victorino 2010: Bourn, González, Victorino 2011: Ethier, Kemp, Parra 2012: González, Heyward, McCutchen 2013: Gómez, González, Parra 2014: Heyward, Lagares, Yelich 2015: Heyward, Marte, Pollock 2016: Heyward, Inciarte, Marte 2017: Heyward, Inciarte, Ozuna

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500 home run club

Barry Bonds Hank Aaron Babe Ruth Alex Rodriguez Willie Mays Ken Griffey Jr. Albert Pujols Jim Thome Sammy Sosa Frank Robinson Mark McGwire Harmon Killebrew Rafael Palmeiro Reggie Jackson Manny Ramirez Mike Schmidt David Ortiz Mickey Mantle Jimmie Foxx Willie McCovey Frank Thomas Ted Williams Ernie Banks Eddie Mathews Mel Ott Gary Sheffield Eddie Murray

Italics denotes active player

Book:500 home run club

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3,000 hit club

Pete Rose Ty Cobb Hank Aaron Stan Musial Tris Speaker Derek Jeter Honus Wagner Carl Yastrzemski Paul Molitor Eddie Collins Willie Mays Eddie Murray Nap Lajoie Cal Ripken Jr. George Brett Paul Waner Robin Yount Tony Gwynn Alex Rodriguez Dave Winfield Cap Anson Ichiro Suzuki Craig Biggio Rickey Henderson Rod Carew Adrián Beltré Lou Brock Rafael Palmeiro Wade Boggs Al Kaline Roberto Clemente

Italics denotes active player

Book:3,000 hit club

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Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
retired numbers

3 Dale Murphy 6 Bobby Cox 10 Chipper Jones 21 Warren Spahn 29 John Smoltz 31 Greg Maddux 35 Phil Niekro 41 Eddie Mathews 44 Hank Aaron 47 Tom Glavine

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Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
retired numbers

1 Bud Selig 4 Paul Molitor 19 Robin Yount 34 Rollie Fingers 44 Hank Aaron

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Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
Class of 1982

BBWAA Vote

Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron
(97.8%) Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson
(89.2%)

Veterans Committee

Happy Chandler Travis Jackson

J. G. Taylor Spink Award

Allen Lewis Bob Addie

Ford C. Frick Award

Vin Scully

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Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Pitchers

Alexander Bender Blyleven M. Brown R. Brown Bunning Carlton Chesbro Clarkson Cooper Coveleski Cummings Day Dean Dihigo Drysdale Eckersley Faber Feller Fingers Ford B. Foster Galvin B. Gibson Glavine Gomez Gossage Grimes Grove Haines Hoffman Hoyt Hubbell Hunter Jenkins R. Johnson W. Johnson Joss Keefe Koufax Lemon Lyons Maddux Marichal Marquard Martínez Mathewson McGinnity Méndez Morris Newhouser Nichols Niekro Paige Palmer Pennock Perry Plank Radbourn Rixey Roberts Rogan Ruffing Rusie Ryan Seaver H. Smith Smoltz Spahn Sutter Sutton Vance Waddell Walsh Welch Wilhelm J. Williams Willis Wynn Young

Catchers

Bench Berra Bresnahan Campanella Carter Cochrane Dickey Ewing Ferrell Fisk J. Gibson Hartnett Lombardi Mackey Piazza Rodríguez Santop Schalk

First basemen

Anson Bagwell Beckley Bottomley Brouthers Cepeda Chance Connor Foxx Gehrig Greenberg G. Kelly Killebrew Leonard McCovey Mize Murray Pérez Sisler Suttles Taylor Terry Thomas Thome

Second basemen

Alomar Biggio Carew E. Collins Doerr Evers Fox Frisch Gehringer Gordon Grant Herman Hornsby Lajoie Lazzeri Mazeroski McPhee Morgan J. Robinson Sandberg Schoendienst

Third basemen

Baker Boggs Brett J. Collins Dandridge J. Johnson Jones Kell Lindstrom Mathews Molitor B. Robinson Santo Schmidt Traynor J. Wilson D. White

Shortstops

Aparicio Appling Bancroft Banks Boudreau Cronin Davis T. Jackson Jennings Larkin Lloyd Maranville Reese Ripken Jr. Rizzuto Sewell O. Smith Tinker Trammell Vaughan Wagner Wallace Ward Wells Yount

Outfielders

Aaron Ashburn Averill Bell Brock W. Brown Burkett Carey Charleston Clarke Clemente Cobb Combs Crawford Cuyler Dawson Delahanty DiMaggio Doby Duffy Flick Goslin Griffey Jr. Guerrero Gwynn Hafey Hamilton Heilmann Henderson Hill Hooper Irvin R. Jackson Kaline Keeler Kelley K. Kelly Kiner Klein Mantle Manush Mays T. McCarthy Medwick Musial O'Rourke Ott Puckett Raines J. Rice S. Rice F. Robinson Roush Ruth Simmons Slaughter Snider Speaker Stargell Stearnes Thompson Torriente L. Waner P. Waner Wheat B. Williams T. Williams H. Wilson Winfield Yastrzemski Youngs

Managers

Alston Anderson Cox Durocher Hanlon Harris Herzog Huggins La Russa Lasorda López Mack J. McCarthy McGraw McKechnie W. Robinson Selee Southworth Stengel Torre Weaver D. Williams

Executives / pioneers

Barrow Bulkeley Cartwright Chadwick Chandler Comiskey Dreyfuss R. Foster Frick Giles Gillick Griffith Harridge Hulbert B. Johnson Kuhn Landis La. MacPhail Le. MacPhail Manley O'Malley Pompez Posey Rickey Ruppert Schuerholz Selig Spalding Veeck Weiss S. White Wilkinson G. Wright H. Wright Yawkey

Umpires

Barlick Chylak Conlan Connolly Evans Harvey Hubbard Klem McGowan O'Day

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Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
on NBC

Related programs

Baseball Night in America (1994–1995) Major League Baseball: An Inside Look (1979–1989) Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Game of the Week (1957–1964; 1966–1989) Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
on NBC
NBC
Radio (1927–1938; 1957–1975) Monday Night Baseball (1967–1975)

Misc. programs

Gillette
Gillette
Cavalcade of Sports USA Thursday Game of the Week (1979–1983)

Related articles

The Baseball Network World Series
World Series
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NBC's owned & operated TV stations

W2XBS (later WNBT) (New York Yankees, 1939–1945) WCAU
WCAU
10 (Philadelphia Phillies, 2014–present) KCST 39 (later KNSD) (San Diego Padres, 1971–1972; 1984–1986) KNTV
KNTV
11 (San Francisco Giants, 2008–present)

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NBC
Sports

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Sponsors

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Commentators

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Key figures

Mel Allen Jim Britt Jack Buck Skip Caray Bob Carpenter Bob Costas Dick Enberg Bill Enis Joe Garagiola Curt Gowdy Greg Gumbel Merle Harmon Ernie Harwell Charlie Jones George Kell Jon Miller Monte Moore Bob Neal Lindsey Nelson Bill O'Donnell Jay Randolph Ted Robinson Vin Scully Jim Simpson Chuck Thompson Gary Thorne Pete van Wieren Bob Wolff Jim Woods

Color commentators

Sal Bando Bucky Dent Larry Dierker Don Drysdale Leo Durocher Joe Garagiola Ken Harrelson Fred Haney Tommy Hutton Jim Kaat Sandy Koufax Tony Kubek Ron Luciano John Lowenstein Mickey Mantle Tim McCarver Joe Morgan Bobby Murcer Wes Parker Pee Wee Reese Al Rosen Tom Seaver Mike Shannon Joe Torre Bob Uecker Bill Veeck Maury Wills

Guest commentators

Rick Dempsey Barry Larkin Ronald Reagan Mike Schmidt Don Sutton Bobby Valentine

Hosts

Mike Adamle Marv Albert Len Berman Jimmy Cefalo Gayle Gardner Bryant Gumbel Bill Macatee Keith Olbermann Ahmad Rashād Hannah Storm

Field reporters

Johnny Bench Jim Gray Jimmy Roberts Craig Sager Bob Wischusen

Lore

Regular season games

#715 (1974) "The Sandberg Game" (1984)

Tie-breaker games

1951 National League
National League
tie-breaker series (Games 2-3) 1962 National League
National League
tie-breaker series

LCS games

"Go crazy folks!" (1985) Jeffrey Maier (1996) "Grand Slam Single" (1999)

World Series games

Subway Series "The Catch (1954)" Don Larsen's Perfect Game (1956) "Shoe polish incident" (1969) "Fisk Waves it Fair" (1975) Michael Sergio (1986) "It gets through Buckner!" (1986) Kirk Gibson's home run (1988) All-Century Team (1999)

Music

"Broken Wings" "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" "Don't Look in My Eyes" "Fame" "Limelight" "One Moment in Time" "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of"

Instrumentals

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. "Chase" "Don't Turn Away" "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" The Untouchables

World Series

1947 (Games 1 & 5) 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1978 1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1995 (Games 2–3, & 6) 1997 1999

AL Championship

1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1995 (Games 3–6) 1996 1998 2000

NL Championship

1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1995 (Games 3–4) 1997 1999

AL Division Series

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

NL Division Series

1981 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

All-Star Game

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959: First–Second 1960: First–Second 1961: First–Second 1962: First–Second 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1994 1996 1998 2000

Seasons

Pre-Game of the Week

1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956

Game of the Week era

1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 (All-Star Game and World Series
World Series
only) 1966 (exclusive coverage begins) 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

The Baseball Network
The Baseball Network
era

1994 1995

No regular season coverage

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

Authority control

WorldCat
WorldCat
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