Hank Aaron: Defining Greatness in the Game of Baseball for Nearly 60 Years Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Monday, 02 April 2012

There are also few players who cross over into a different time within baseball the way Aaron does. He got his start playing in the Negro Leagues and spent a year playing for the Indianapolis Clowns. He then moved on to playing in the minor leagues, before finally moving up to the majors by playing for the Milwaukee Braves. Aaron got his start on April 13, 1954. This was a time when the idea of African Americans playing on major league teams was still relatively new and not always welcome in all parts of the country.

Once he started, however, there was no looking back. Aaron became, without a doubt, one of the finest baseball players to ever play the game. Aaron would end up making the All Star team for Major League Baseball every single year he played from 1955 through 1975. He would also come away with three Golden Gloves while playing in right field, proving that he was a great defensive player and not just a slugger at the plate.

In 1957 Hank Aaron came away with the National League’s MVP award, but that was far from the end of the list of awards, records and accolades that would come his way. That year also happened to be the year that the Braves came home with the World Series Championship. By the time Aaron had quit playing baseball he held the major league record for most RBI with 2,297. He also had most career extra base hits with 1,477. He was third for all-time career hits with 3,771 and had 2,174 runs, which tied him in fourth with Babe Ruth. Most importantly, he had the most career home runs with 755 until Barry Bonds shattered his record just a few years ago.

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