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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 February 1934Mobile, Alabama, USA
Birth NameHenry Louis Aaron
Nicknames Hammerin' Hank
The New Sultan of Swat
The Hammer
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Baseball's all-time home run king, Hank Aaron did more than hit home runs. Sure, Aaron led the National League (NL) four times, he also was a two-time batting champion and led the league in RBIs four times and runs scored three times. He won the NL's Most Valuable Player award in 1957 and has a lifetime batting average of .305. Aaron got his start playing for the Indianapolis Clowns, of the Negro Leagues before signing on with the Milwaukee Braves. He played at their minor league team in Eau Claire, Wis., one of the first black players there, and was brought up by the Braves in 1954. For the next 23 years, Aaron clobbered Major League pitchers. Never a charismatic player, Aaron often let his bat do the talking. He was the subject of intense media scrutiny in 1973-74 when he approached Babe Ruth's hallowed home run record. Aaron received more than 10,000 letters (most of them hate mail and even death threats) during the off-season claiming he should not break the record. Ever the ultimate professional and gentleman, he ignored the insults and slurs and went about the opening season in 1974. On April 8, 1974, Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Ruth's record and in doing so, received the undying support of the fans. He finished with 755 overall before retiring after the 1976 season. Aaron was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982, and now works in the front office for the Atlanta Braves.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Spouse (2)

Billye Aaron (12 November 1973 - present) (1 child)
Barbara Lucas (6 October 1953 - 1971) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (25)

Outfielder for the National League's Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1954-1974) and the American League's Milwaukee Brewers (1975-1976). Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1982.
While Hank Aaron is proud of his home run record, he prefers to be known for his all time record for the highest number of total bases scored, which he always has regarded to be a more accurate measure of his contribution to the team.
Achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the Mobile, Alabama Boy Scouts.
Was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having received the most "fan" mail sent during his pursuit of Babe Ruth's homerun record in 1974. Unfortunately most of the mail was negative.
It needs to be mentioned that when Aaron finally mentioned the hate mail publicly he was receiving concerning his run for the career home run record, he was immediately flooded with supportive fan mail from all over which eventually far outnumbered the negative letters. Among his supporters included Babe Ruth's widow who publicly denounced Aaron's hecklers and stated that her husband would have enthusiastically cheered on Aaron's attempt at the record.
Atlanta Braves Career Games Played Leader(3,076).
Atlanta Braves Career At Bats Leader(11,628).
Atlanta Braves Career Runs Leader(2,107).
Atlanta Braves Career Hits Leader(3,600).
Atlanta Braves Career Doubles Leader(600).
Atlanta Braves Career Homerun Leader(733).
Atlanta Braves Career RBI Leader(2,202).
Atlanta Braves Career Total Bases Leader(6,591).
Atlanta Braves Career Slugging Percentage Leader(.567).
Member of 1957 World Series Champion Milwaukee Braves team. Member of 1958 National League Champion Milwaukee Braves team. Member of 1969 National League Western Division Champion Atlanta Braves team.
Besides ranking 1st on the all-time home run list with 755, he also ranks 3rd on the list of all-time hits with 3771. He is also one of only 3 players to collect both 3000 hits and 500 home runs in a career.
Atlanta Braves All-Time Extra-Base Hits Leader (1,429).
Atlanta Braves All-Time Times on Base Leader (4,928).
Atlanta Braves All-Time Sacrifice Flies Leader (113).
Of the 16,000+ men who have played in the major leagues, his name is alphabetically first.
Hit a home run (a grand slam to boot) into the center field bleachers at New York's Polo Grounds against the Mets on June 18, 1962, becoming only the third player ever to do so and one day after Lou Brock accomplished the same feat.
Hit home run #400 off Bo Belinsky.
Made major league debut on 13 April 1954.
Reached his lifetime total of 755 home runs without ever hitting 50 in a single season. His highest single season total was 47 in 1971. He hit his jersey number - 44 - four times - in 1957, 1963, 1966, and 1969.
He earned $240,000 in 1976 playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Personal Quotes (13)

It took me 17 years to get 3000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
You can only milk a cow so long, and then you're left holding the pail.
I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player. But I know when I see him again, I'm going to be ready for his curve ball. Failure is a part of success.
I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it.
I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80% of being a successful hitter. The other 20% is just execution.
I don't want them to forget [Babe Ruth], I just want them to remember me!
I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them.
I'm hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I'd be pulling for him.
In baseball, there is something electrifying about the big leagues. I had read so much about [Stan Musial], [Ted Williams], [Jackie Robinson]. I had put those guys on a pedestal. They were something special. I really thought they put their pants on different, rather than one leg at a time.
I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.
Roger Maris lost his hair the season he hit 61; I still have all my hair, but when it's over, I'm going home to Mobile and fish for a long time.
You got to play 150 games a year, so pick your spots. You can miss two games a month; so pick the days you're gonna be hurt, or you're gonna rest or you're gonna have a drink or two. The rest of the time, be on that field.

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