Black History Moment: Hank Aaron

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Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, or “Hammerin Hank”, spent most of his youth in Toulminville, before becoming one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He’s broken barriers, and records while earning his spot in African American history.

Aaron initially turned down football scholarship offers to chase his dream of playing Major League Baseball. And it all worked out in his favor. On March 13, 1954 Aaron debuted with the Braves. He hit a home run. After that game, Aaron signed a major league contract and received his uniform. He spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves in the National League. He spent the last two years of his career playing in the American League for the Milwaukee Brewers. Some of Aaron’s amazing accomplishments include holding the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and being the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times.

On April 8, 1974, 53,775 people witnessed Aaron break Babe Ruth’s home run record by hitting his 715th home run of his career. The crowd went wild as Aaron’s parents ran on the field to celebrate the victory. Aaron went on to hit even more home runs.  On July 20, 1976 he hit his final home run, setting a 755 record until 2007.

After playing for the Braves, Aaron rejoined the team as an executive. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. His autobiography, “If I Had a Hammer” was published in 1990.

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