Hank Aaron, popularly known as Hammerin Hank or Hammer is one of the most popular players in baseball history, Hank entered the major league as a right fielder for Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and spent a majority of his major league career playing for Milwaukee. He was placed 5th on a list of 100 greatest baseball players by the Sporting News in 1999 when Hank's career had almost come to an end. He holds several records in the MLB and also held the career home runs for over 33 years. He has also been known for hitting over 30 home runs in at least 15 seasons through his career and hit over 24 home runs in ever season between 1955 and 1973. When he retired, Aaron held almost all of the power hitting records in baseball.
Post retirement, Hank Aaron has been working for the Atlanta Braves in a front office role. He was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1982 and later in 1999, the Hank Aaron award came into existence to celebrate the best offensive players in every league. Hank Aaron was born in Alabama in 1934 and played an active role in the Negro high school leagues in baseball as well as football. He had also received several football scholarships which he refused to pursue an active career in baseball. A cross handed right hand batter, Hank had already made a huge reputation for himself in baseball circuits as a power hitter.
Career and accomplishments
Hank Aaron began his illustrious career in baseball with the Indianapolis Clowns of Indianapolis, Indiana at 18 years. He went on to help the Clowns to claim the Negro League World Series title as a shortstop. His exceptional performance had reached the minor league teams and he received offers from the New York Giants as well as the Boston Braves. He went on to play for the Braves and he played in the minor league between 1952 and 1954. In 1954, Hank Aaron made his first appearance with the Milwaukee Braves in the major league and began piling records in his name until his retirement when there was hardly any hard hitting milestone that was not to his name.
He hit his final home run in 1976 against California Angels in the Milwaukee County Stadium to become a major league career best for home runs that stood till 2007 when Barry Bonds surpassed Hank Aaron. Today, the Hank Aaron award is on of the most prestigious awards to be bestowed upon any player. This year, the award went to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera is also one of the favorites to go on to become the MVPs. However, an announcement regarding the same has not yet been made. The Tigers put up an excellent show this season but failed to qualify for the World Series as the San Francisco Giants put an end to their run.