“I tell young people there is no shortcut in life. You have to take it one step at a time.”Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron recently passed away at age 86. In addition to hitting 755 home runs, Aaron put up other incredible numbers. Aaron had 3,771 base hits which is third all-time, behind Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. Hank Aaron is the all-time leader in runs batted in with 2,297. Aaron played in more than 20 All-Star games and won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award in 1957. Aaron led the N.L. in home runs four times, won two batting titles, and three Gold Gloves for fielding excellence. Hank Aaron was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Hank Aaron was consistently great! He never hit 50 home runs in a season; however, he hit 40 or more homers, eight times. Aaron was very relaxed at home plate and had incredible wrists! In fact, Bob Gibson would say to young pitchers, “You can’t throw a fastball by Hank Aaron.”
Aaron was under incredible pressure when he chased Babe Ruth’s home run record. There were those who did not want to see a Black man break Ruth’s record. Aaron received hate mail and death threats, however he persevered and in April of 1974, he surpassed Ruth by hitting home run number 715. As great a player as Hank Aaron was, he took things to another level in the Post Season. Hank appeared in the 1957 & 1958 World Series and the 1969 League Championship Series. He excelled in all three of those series. Hank Aaron was one of the greatest ball players of all-time and he also was a gentleman who was well respected off the field, too!