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Aaron, Hank

(Henry Louis Aaron), 1934–, U.S. baseball player, b. Mobile, Ala. A durable outfielder and consistent hitter noted for his powerful wrists and explosive swing, Aaron joined a Negro League exhibition team, the Indianapolis Clowns, at 18. Within a month, however, he became a member of the Milwaukee Braves farm system. He was among the first African Americans to play a full career (23 years) in the major leagues, with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (1954–74) and with the Milwaukee Brewers (1975–76). During his first season with the Braves he led the team in hits. In 1974 "Hammerin' Hank" broke Babe RuthRuth, Babe
(George Herman Ruth), 1895–1948, American baseball player, considered by many the greatest of all baseball players, b. Baltimore. Early Life

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's legendary lifetime mark of 714 home runs, eventually setting a record of 755 homers, which held until Barry BondsBonds, Barry Lamar,
1964–, American baseball player, b. Riverside, Calif. Bonds grew up surrounded by baseball; his father, Bobby Bonds, was a San Francisco Giants outfielder (1968–74), and the great Willie Mays was his godfather. Bonds left Arizona State Univ.
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 hit his 756th in 2007. Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron is baseball's career leader in runs batted in (2,297) and extra-base hits (1,477) and was an All Star a record 24 times. He was the National League's most valuable player in 1957 and won three Gold Gloves. In 1976 he became one of the first black executives in the game, beginning a long tenure in the Atlanta Braves front office. He also had a successful business career.


See his autobiography, I Had a Hammer (with L. Wheeler, 1991, repr. 2007); H. Bryant, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron (2010).

Aaron, (Henry Louis) Hank

(1934–  ) baseball player/executive; born in Mobile, Ala. Baseball's all-time homerun king, he played 23 years as an outfielder for the Milwaukee (later Atlanta) Braves and Milwaukee Brewers (1954–76). He holds many of baseball's most distinguished records, including most lifetime runs batted in (2,297), most years with 30 or more homeruns (15), and most career homeruns (755). Breaking the latter record, baseball's most venerable since Babe Ruth retired with 714 homeruns in 1935, was both a triumph and a trial for Aaron. He was beseiged by the media and badgered by racist letter-writers who resented Aaron breaking Ruth's record. A complete player whose skills were never fully appreciated until he broke the record in 1974, Aaron was voted the National League Most Valuable Player only once (1957). After retiring as a player, he moved into the Atlanta Braves front office as executive vice-president, where he has been a leading spokesperson for minority hiring in baseball. Nicknamed, "Hammerin' Henry," he was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982. His autobiography, I Had a Hammer, was published in 1990.
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7 off the Washington Nationals' Mike Bacsik to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 career home runs.
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Barry Bonds insisted the major league home-run record has not been "tainted" despite the controversy surrounding his breaking of Hank Aaron's 755 mark.
Synopsis: Baseball fans still regard Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth as the greatest home run hitters in baseball history, even as Barry Bonds is poised to break Aaron's career home run record.
Under the tutorship of Wayland Moore, Waggoner's work has attracted many high-profile corporate commissions and is featured in various private collections, including those of baseball great Hank Aaron and comedian Ron White.
The luminaries include Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Toni Morrison, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, John Singleton, Debbie Allen and Hank Aaron. The narratives are rich with insight, humor, and the triumphs of the human spirit made possible by the touch of someone's helping hand A HAND TO GUIDE ME continues Washington's long-standing commitment to the powerful role that mentoring played in his life as a child.
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When Hank Aaron became the only man before Bonds to surpass Ruth, he was subjected to a torrent of vile racist abuse.