Aaron, Hank, 1934-2021

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Hank Aaron (born Henry Louis Aaron, February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama-died January 22, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia) was the son of Estella Aaron and Herbert Aaron. He attended Central High School in Mobile, Alabama and transferred to the private Josephine Allen Institute, where he graduated in 1951. While finishing high school, Aaron played for the Mobile Black Bears, a semi-professional Negro league baseball team.

In 1951, Aaron signed with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, where he played for three months before his contract was purchased by the Boston Braves. Aaron was assigned to the Eau Claire Braves, the Class-C minor league affiliate for the Boston Braves and was named Rookie of the Year in 1952. The next season, Aaron was promoted to the Jacksonville Braves, the Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. The following year, Aaron was invited to spring training for the newly relocated Milwaukee Braves and was offered a major league contract. In 1954, he made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves. By 1955, Aaron was named to the National League All-Star roster and captured his first National League batting title in 1956. The following season, Aaron won the National League MVP Award and led the Braves to win the 1957 World Series. Aaron went on to lead the Braves to another pennant championship in 1958, and received his first Golden Glove Award. In 1965, the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, where he became the first franchise player to hit his 500th career home run; and in 1970, he was the first Brave to reach 3,000 career hits. On April 8, 1974 Aaron broke Babe Ruth's all-time homerun record with 715. Aaron was then traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for the 1975-1976 season, when he broke the all-time RBI record.

After the 1976 season, Aaron retired from professional baseball and returned to the Atlanta Braves organization as an executive. In 1982, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and was then named the Braves' vice president and director of player development. Aaron continued to serve as vice president of the Braves. He also owned several car dealerships in Georgia and owned over thirty restaurant chains throughout the country. In 1990, he published his memoirI Had a Hammer.

Aaron received the Spingarn Medal in 1976, from the NAACP. In 1999, Major League Baseball announced the introduction of the Hank Aaron Award to honor the best overall offensive performer in the American and National League. Later that year, Aaron was ranked fifth onThe Sporting News'list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 2001, Aaron was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President George W. Bush in June 2002.

Aaron was popularly known by the nicknames the Hammer and Hammerin' Hank.

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referencedIn Goldman, Eric Frederick, 1915-1989. Eric Frederick Goldman papers, 1886-1988 (bulk 1940-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Branch Rickey Papers, 1890-1969, (bulk 1936-1965) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hank Aaron 1934 - . Hank Aaron Scrapbooks : scrapbooks, 1958 - 1974. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Partin, Clyde. Clyde Partin papers, 1940-2009. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
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referencedIn Money, Don. Hank Aaron -- a view from the dugout / typescript, 1974 / by Don Money. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
creatorOf Hank Aaron 1934 - . Hank Aaron Scrapbooks : scrapbooks, 1958 - 1974. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn National Baseball Hall of Fame Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1981 - 1982. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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referencedIn Hank Aaron Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1973. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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creatorOf The HistoryMakers Video Oral History with Hank Aaron The HistoryMakers
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associatedWith Campanella, Roy, 1921 - 1993. person
associatedWith Clemente, Roberto, 1934 - 1972. person
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associatedWith Joyce, Allen Edward. person
associatedWith King, Martin Luther, 1929 - 1968. person
associatedWith Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Atlanta GA US
Atlanta GA US
United States 00 US
Mobile AL US
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Home runs (Baseball)--History
Occupation
Baseball Player
Civil rights workers
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Birth 1934-02-05

Death 2021-01-22

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English

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