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Hank Aaron

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
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Full Name: Henry Louis Aaron
Profession: Baseball Player

United States of America

Biography: Played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (1954-1974) and 2 final years for the Milwaukee Brewers as a right fielder and a star hitter.

In 1974 he bettered Babe Ruth's home run record amid some racist attacks and held it for 33 years. Aaron continues to hold the record for the most seasons as an All Star (21).

Born: February 5, 1934
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 22, 2021 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1953-10-06 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas (divorced 1971)
  • 1973-11-12 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (39) weds Billye Aaron

Historical Events

  • 1954-03-13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • 1954-03-14 Milwaukee Braves future home run king Hank Aaron homers in his debut exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox
  • 1954-04-13 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game
  • 1954-04-23 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • 1957-06-28 Frick overrules and names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team
  • 1957-11-14 Milwaukee Brave Hank Aaron wins NL MVP
  • 1959-07-07 26th MLB All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: Willy Mays triples to score Hank Aaron as NL wins 5-4
  • 1961-06-08 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)
  • 1965-08-18 Hank Aaron loses a HR, because he hit it out of batter's box
  • 1965-08-20 Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron (1954-65) pass Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hitting 772 HRs while playing together on the same team
  • 1967-05-10 Hank Aaron hits his only inside the park HR off of Phillies' Jim Bunning, in Philadelphia
  • 1968-07-14 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick
  • 1970-05-17 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits
  • 1972-02-29 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron becomes first player to earn $200,000 average annual salary; signs 3-year deal with Atlanta Braves after one of his best seasons – .327 average, 47 HRs and 118 RBIs
  • 1972-06-10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)
  • 1972-08-06 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team
  • 1972-09-03 Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron earns his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1973-07-21 Braves Hank Aaron hits Philadelphia Phillies Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR, in Atlanta
  • 1973-08-18 Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record
  • 1973-09-08 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)
  • 1974-04-04 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th in Cincinnati, facing Jack Billingham
  • 1974-04-08 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • 1974-10-02 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron hits his final home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves, in a 13-0 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds; Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat
  • 1974-11-02 Atlanta Braves trade then MLB home run king Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May
  • 1975-04-11 Hank Aaron returns to County Stadium as a Milwaukee player after his off-season trade from the Atlanta Braves; Brewers beat Cleveland Indians, 6-2
  • 1975-06-12 Hank Aaron smacks his first home run in Milwaukee since 1965 as his new team, the Brewers beat Oakland A's, 9-7
  • 1976-07-20 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago
  • 1976-10-03 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron singles in his last MLB at-bat & drives in his 2,297th run as Milwaukee Brewers lose, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers
  • 1982-01-13 Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1982-07-19 1st annual Cracker Jack Old-Timers Baseball Classic: 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 275-foot HR off Warren Spahn, as AL beats NL 7-2; participants included Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Bert Campaneris, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Don Newcombe, and Early Wynn (RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.)
  • 2007-08-04 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755

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