Hammerin' Hank Fun Facts
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 30 June 2006

Ranks first all-time (755); ranks first in NL (733); ranks first among NL outfielders (661); he and brother Tommie rank first in homers by siblings (768); combined with Mathews to hit most homers as teammates (863); he and Mathews are the only teammates to hit 400 homers each as teammates (442 for Hank, 421 for Eddie); hit 385 in home parks, 370 on the road; hit 185 homers in Milwaukee County Stadium as a Brave, 10 as a Brewer; hit 190 homers in Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium; he hit exactly 400 solo homers (53%); 242 two-run homers (32%); 97 three-run homers (13%); 16 grand slams; hit two homers in a game 61 times (3rd, behind Ruth and Mays); hit three homers in a game once (6/21/1959); hit 14 extra-inning homers; one inside-the-park home run (1967); three PH-homers (1962, 1966, 1973); hit 534 homers off RHP (71%); 221 homers off LHP (29%); victimized 310 pitchers in 32 ballparks; hit three homers in the World Series and three more in the 1969 NLCS; blasted two All-Star game home runs.

Membership
30/30 club - 44 homers and 31 steals in 1963 (he was the third man to enter the club)

Big Game
On September 23, 1957, he hit an 11th inning homer off Cardinal Billy Muffett to clinch the National League pennant for the Braves - their first in Milwaukee.

Milestones
Collected his 3,000th hit off Wayne Simpson (Cincinnati) on May 17, 1970, a single.

Milestone Homers

#1, 4/23/54 off Vic Raschi in St. Louis... #100, 8/15/57 off Don Gross in Cincinnati... #200, 7/3/60 off Ron Kline in St. Louis... #300, 4/19/63 off Roger Craig in New York... #400, 4/20/66 off Bo Belinsky in Philadelphia... #500, 7/14/68 off Mike McCormick in Atlanta... #600, 4/27/71 off Gaylord Perry in Atlanta... #700, 7/21/73 off Ken Brett in Atlanta... #714, 4/4/74 off Jack Billingham in Cincinnati... #715, 4/8/74 off Al Downing in Atlanta... #755, 7/20/76 off Dick Drago in Milwaukee.

Grand Slams
16; 1957, 1958 (2), 1961, 1962 (3), 1963 (2), 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974 (2)

The photo on Aaron's 1957 Topps baseball card was accidentally reversed, so that it shows Hank hitting left-handed.

Monster Day
June 21, 1959, in San Francisco against the Giants. Aaron hit three home runs and had six RBI in the win. He hit two-run homers in the 1st, 6th and 7th innings. He hit the homers off Johnny Antonelli, Stu Miller and Gordon Jones. It was the only time in his career that he would hit three homers in a game.

Brotherly Bats
Hank Aaron and brother Tommie were the first siblings to appear in a League Championship series together as teammates (1969).

All-Star "Homer"

Hank hit a home run in Atlanta in the All-Star game in 1972. He is the last player to hit a homer in his home park.

Coincidence?
In 1963 Aaron and Willie McCovey tied for the NL home run lead with 44. The two men were both born in Mobile, Alabama. Both would eventually end up in the Hall of Fame, and as members of the 500-homer club. Each man wore #44 on his uniform.

Aaron vs. Ryan
The greatest home run hitter slugged two homers off the greatest strikeout pitcher. On May 21, 1971, in Shea Stadium, Aaron hit a solo-blast (#606) off Nolan Ryan. Four years later, in the AL, Aaron went deep against Ryan and the Angels on June 14, 1975, in Milwaukee. It was his 740th career home run.

Dynamic Duo
Aaron and Eddie Mathews homered in the same game 75 times. That total is two more than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and ranks as the all-time record.





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