Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the hard hitting Atlanta Brave whom most fans call baseball’s true Home Run King.
Yes, with this Hammer in your toolbox, or in your starting Major League Baseball line-up, success was guaranteed.
When away from the baseball diamond, Henry Aaron carried himself quietly. But during games, this Hall of Famer nicknamed Hammerin’ Hank hauled a hammer of a bat whenever he entered the batter’s box.
Voted fifth best baseball player ever by The Sporting News, Aaron retired in 1976 as one of baseball’s greatest hitters of all time. The Hammer ended his career with 3,771 hits and a lifetime batting average of .308. In addition, this 1957 National League MVP and World Series Champ won two National League batting titles and three National League Gold Gloves. He also made 21 all-star appearances.
The Hammer pounded pitchers during his 23 seasons. Aaron still holds Major League Baseball records for total bases (6,856), RBIs (2,297), extra base hits (1,477) and consecutive seasons (17) with 150 hits or more.
Hank Aaaron: MLB’s True Home Run King
Many fans regard Aaron as baseball’s true Home Run King for the 755 homers he hit. His athletic feats were accomplished long before anyone knew about performance enhancing drugs.
The Hammer was also the victim of mean spirited, racially hateful verbal attacks. Aaron’s most memorable and courageous accomplishment may be the dignified manner he in which he handled himself after breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974 and 1975.
Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers baseball announcer Vin Scully wisely reported on The Hammer’s record breaking home run. “What a marvelous moment for baseball; what a marvelous moment for 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.”
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One of the most amazing athletes of the past century, Hank Aaron will not only be remembered for his brilliant play during his 23-year career.
More importantly, The Hammer will be credited with helping to hammer out racism from America’s favorite pastime.
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