There’s a reason I love me some Henry Aaron, and it’s not just those great tasting candy bars. Read his take on politics and the Obama presidency. This from a man who dealt with death threats if he ever had the nerve to surpass Babe Ruth’s home run record. Well, he not only had the nerve, and the power, to break the Babe, but he did so without performance enhancing drugs. Oh, Henry!!
Baseball record breaker/setter #HankAaron was born on this day in 1934. This makes him an Aquarius (which is not a #Scorpio, so whatever). Fun Fact: People often mispronounce his surname as /â'rän/, but it’s actually pronounced /A'A'rän/. #BlackHistoryMonth #MLB
On July 14, this is what happened in history: Henry McCarty (#BillyTheKid) was shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett in New Mexico in 1881; MPC was christened in 1995 (introduced as MPEG-1 Audio-Layer 3); and in 1968, #HankAaron hit his 500th #HomeRun of his career in a game against the San Francisco Giants. #AbilenePublicLibrary #Trivia #History #NowYouKnow #TheMoreYouKnow
February 05, 1934
On this date Henry “Hank” Aaron, the baseball home run KING, was born. Aaron was the last player to come from the Negro Leagues and achieve success in Major League Baseball. In 1954 Aaron was brought up to the Milwaukee Braves to replace an injured outfielder. Aaron hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. He would continue to hit home runs in remarkable fashion for the next two decades. He was the first player to record more than 3.000 hits and 500 home runs. On April 8, 1974, Aaron hit his 715th career home run, breaking the record long held by Babe Ruth. Although he will be remembered as the player who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, Aaron set a number of other records in Major League Baseball. He holds the record for most career home runs (755), most runs batted in (2,297), and most games played (3,298). Aaron also won three consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1958 through 1960, played in a record-tying 24 All-Star games and was named National League MVP in 1957. Hank Aaron was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Happy 81st birthday to “Hamerrin’ Hank” Aaron! 🎉⚾️ #BlackHistory
Just finished making over 200 prints from the #LBJevent with Henry Aaron! This was my favorite photo from the event. Mr. Aaron stood up and waved to the audience at the end of the program. Behind him, a photo was projected from the moment he broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record in 1974.
“The last year before I broke the record… I don’t talk about that much, because it bothers me,” Aaron said during the program. “I just felt like the whole system was backwards, and it wasn’t because of me breaking the record. It was because of the color my skin.” Aaron had received death threats and hate mail in the 1973-1974 offseason, but returned to Atlanta with the @Braves on April 8, 1974 to a crowd of over 50,000 people. It was the fourth inning, and #HammerinHank stepped up to the plate against LA @Dodgers pitcher Al Downing. The audio playing is #Braves announcer Milo Hamilton calling the game as Aaron broke the record and hit 715 home runs.
A young Hank Aaron in front of Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Hammerin Hank had been a key player for the Milwaukee Braves before they moved to Atlanta. #baseball #brewers #millerpark #braves #hankaaron