The Hank HistoryBy Shane R
The great Hank Aaron passed away due to natural causes earlier this month. It certainly was sad to hear the news in the day and age where the world needs good news, not more bad news. Still, it is paramount to look back at Hammerin’ Hank and all the things he succeeded in doing.
Hank Aaron started his career by playing for 1 year in the Negro Leagues with the Indianapolis Clowns before moving to the Milwaukee Braves in 1954. Over his career, Aaron was an All-Star 25 times. He won the World Series and the NL MVP in 1957. Other big-time awards included 3 Gold Gloves, 2 NL Batting Titles, 4 times being the NL Home Run leader, and the NL RBI leader four different years.
There are a few Major League Baseball records that Aaron still owns. Some of the records include 2,297 runs batted in, 1,477 career extra-base hits, 6,856 career total bases, and 25 All-Star appearances. In 1982, Hank Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame. 97.8% of people voted him a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and that is well-deserved and earned.
One record that Hank Aaron should still have is the home run record. He hit 755 home runs and passed Babe Ruth, which was an amazing accomplishment at the time. Barry Bonds ended up passing Hank Aaron. But, it was later found out that Bonds was using steroids. There are a lot of people, who are of the opinion that Aaron deserves that accolade.
Whatever you believe, Aaron was one of the best players of his generation and one of the best all-time. He will surely be missed. But he did so much on and off the field. Read up on Aaron, and you will see why.