Aaron Remains A Permanent Fixture Print E-mail
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Thursday, 19 March 2009

Many long-time baseball fans still regard Henry Aaron as the game's all-time leading home run hitter.

His record of 755 career blasts was eclipsed by Barry Bonds two years ago, but Bonds' unresolved perjury issues regarding his use of performance enhancing steroids leave him suspect.


Major League Baseball continues to celebrate the achievements of Hammerin' Hank.


The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will dedicate a new exhibit entitled “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream,” celebrating his lifetime story and achievements. The exhibit will be formally dedicated on Saturday, April 25, with an ribbon-cutting ceremony as part of a day-long salute to Aaron.

“Chasing the Dream” highlights Aaron, from his days as a youngster in Mobile, Ala., through his present efforts with the Chasing the Dream Foundation. The exhibit also will detail an entire section dedicated to chasing Babe Ruth’s long-time home run record in 1974.

“Hank Aaron defines Hall of Fame excellence,” Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a statement. “Chasing the Dream represents the journey all major league players experience through their careers, though few achieve that dream at the level Henry has, both on an off the field. For Hank Aaron, it represents not only the quiet grace and dignity that he brought to the ballpark everyday, but also the chase for immortality in the face of tremendous adversity in pursuing the most hallowed record in all of American sport, and then parlaying that success into a post-career ambition to give back. Through this exhibit, visitors will learn more about a man who is a Hall of Famer in every sense.”

The exhibit will feature artifacts from Aaron’s career including the bat and ball used to hit home run No. 714 to tie Babe Ruth, the bats and balls from his 3,000th hit, 500th and 600th home run and the balls hit to record his 755th homer and 2,210 RBI. Aaron’s uniform shirt, pants, cap and helmet worn while he hit the record-breaking 715th homer will be in the new exhibit alongside his locker, 1957 World Series Ring, MVP award and many other artifacts from his historic career.

 A special Voices of the Game roundtable discussion of the career of Aaron will follow the formal exhibit opening


Just as he did for decades on the baseball field, Aaron has quietly, yet efficiently, served as a major contributor of time and money to numerous charity endeavors throughout the country. 



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