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Hank Aaron is a retired American Major League Baseball player, hailed as one of the greatest personalities in the sport

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 5, 1934
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican American Men, African American Baseball Players, Child Prodigies, Sportspersons, Baseball Players
City/StateAlabama
Nick namesHammer, Hammerin' Hank, and Bad Henry
SpousesBillye Aaron (m. 1973), Barbara Lucas (m. 1953–1971)
SiblingsAlfredia, Gloria Delilah Aaron, James
Known asHenry Louis
Childrens Ceci Aaron, Dorinda Aaron, Gaile Aaron, Gary Aaron, Hank Aaron Jr., Lary Aaron
Universities
  • Little Rock Central High School
Birth PlaceMobile
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherHerbert Aaron
MotherEstella
Net Worth$25 million as of Aug 28,2016
Sun SignAquarius
Born inMobile

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Hank Aaron's photo

Who is Hank Aaron?

The rag to riches story of Hand Aaron, a retired American baseball player, is remarkable and inspirational in the true sense. Born in an extremely poor family, little Aaron had to take up several odd jobs to support his family. With hardly any interest in studies and a passion for sports, he had made up his mind about baseball from a very young age. Therefore, when opportunity knocked his door, he took it and never turned back. However, his ethnicity as an African-American, always posed as an obstacle. Being an African-American and playing major league was far from being appreciated and he was continually threatened with dire consequences. However, his daunting spirit and his blind love for the game, kept him going and took him all the way up, to the top of the success ladder. Soon, he proved his worth in major league baseball and set new records. After an immensely successful stint, he was honored with several awards and medals and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite being born and raised in the unfortunate circumstances of poverty and racism, Aaron was never really bogged down by these challenges. He had his goal set, right from beginning and crossed every hurdle that came his way to be become a baseball legend.

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Childhood & Early Life

Aaron was born into a poor family to Herbert and Estella Aaron as the third of their eight children.

He attended the Central High School, where he played football and baseball and was outstanding in both. Later, he transferred to Josephine Allen Institute, a private school, for a better future in baseball.

In 1951 he quit school and played for the ‘Negro Baseball League's Indianopolis Clowns’.

Career

After leading his team to success in the 1952 Negro League World Series, he joined the Milwaukee Braves, who put him the minor league baseball ‘Eau Claire Bears’.

He made his Major League debut in 1954 and finished the season with a fair .280 hit score. He finished the 1955 season with a .314 average, 27 home runs and 106 RBI

He played exceptionally well in 1956 and in 1957 he won the ‘Most Valuable Player’ title after making 44 homeruns and hitting an impressive .322. The same year he led his team Milwaukee Braves to a surprise victory in the World Series over the New York Yankees.

He reached a whopping 3000 hit in 1970, while playing against Cincinnati Reds and became the first player to reach this far.

In 1973, he fell short of one run, in breaking the record of legendary player Babe Ruth, who had a total of 714 homeruns. However, in April 1974 he broke the record and created his own with a massive 715 homeruns. The same year on October 5, he hit his last homerun to make a total of 733 runs.

It was speculated that he would retire and when did not, his team traded him to Milwaukee Brewers. He broke the ‘Run batted in’ (RBI) record of Babe Ruth once again, in May 1975.

In 1976, he retired as a player and joined the Atlanta Braves as their executive and later became their vice-president. His job was to look for new team prospects and supervise the coaching of minor leaguers which resulted in making the Braves one of the strongest teams in National League. He was later promoted as their senior vice-president.

Awards & Achievements

Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on August 1, 1982, after a ballot in which he came second.

On January 8, 2001, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded him the second highest civilian award ‘Presidential Citizens Medal’.

Molefi Kete Asante, an African-American scholar, historian, and philosopher, entered Aaron’s name on his list of ‘100 Greatest African-Americans’, in 2002.

He received the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ the highest civilian honor, from U.S. President George W. Bush in June 2002.

Personal Life & Legacy

Aaron married Barbara Lucas in 1953 and the couple had four children before they divorced in 1971.

He married Billye Williams in 1973 and has one daughter Ceci with her.

He is the elder brother of Tommie Lee Aaron, a baseball player who died at 45 after suffering from leukemia.

He published his autobiography ‘I Had a Hammer’ in 1990.

‘Hank Aaron Award’ was created in 1999 to be awarded to the best hitter who performs the best in each league.

Trivia

This famous American baseball player was the first one to hit 500 home runs and reach 3,000 hits.

This great American baseball player and his younger brother were the first siblings to play in a League Championship Series as fellow players.

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Hank Aaron awards

YearNameAward

Other

1958All-Star
1959All-Star
1959All-Star
1960All-Star
1960All-Star
1961All-Star
1961All-Star
1962All-Star
1962All-Star
1963All-Star
1964All-Star
1965All-Star
1966All-Star
1967All-Star
1968All-Star
1969All-Star
1970All-Star
1971All-Star
1972All-Star
1973All-Star
1974All-Star
1975All-Star
1958Gold Glove Award
1959Gold Glove Award
1960Gold Glove Award
1956NL batting title
1959NL batting title
1957NL home run champion
1963NL home run champion
1966NL home run champion
1967NL home run champion
1957NL MVP
1970Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1955 - All-Star
1956 - All-Star
1957 - All-Star

Hank Aaron biography timelines

  • // 5th Feb 1934
    Aaron was born into a poor family to Herbert and Estella Aaron as the third of their eight children.
  • // 1951
    In 1951 he quit school and played for the ‘Negro Baseball League's Indianopolis Clowns’.
  • // 1952
    After leading his team to success in the 1952 Negro League World Series, he joined the Milwaukee Braves, who put him the minor league baseball ‘Eau Claire Bears’.
  • // 1953 To 1971
    Aaron married Barbara Lucas in 1953 and the couple had four children before they divorced in 1971.
  • // 1954 To 1955
    He made his Major League debut in 1954 and finished the season with a fair .280 hit score. He finished the 1955 season with a .314 average, 27 home runs and 106 RBI
  • // 1956 To 1957
    He played exceptionally well in 1956 and in 1957 he won the ‘Most Valuable Player’ title after making 44 homeruns and hitting an impressive .322. The same year he led his team Milwaukee Braves to a surprise victory in the World Series over the New York Yankees.
  • // 1970
    He reached a whopping 3000 hit in 1970, while playing against Cincinnati Reds and became the first player to reach this far.
  • // 1973
    He married Billye Williams in 1973 and has one daughter Ceci with her.
  • // 1973 To 1974
    In 1973, he fell short of one run, in breaking the record of legendary player Babe Ruth, who had a total of 714 homeruns. However, in April 1974 he broke the record and created his own with a massive 715 homeruns. The same year on October 5, he hit his last homerun to make a total of 733 runs.
  • // 1975
    It was speculated that he would retire and when did not, his team traded him to Milwaukee Brewers. He broke the ‘Run batted in’ (RBI) record of Babe Ruth once again, in May 1975.
  • // 1976
    In 1976, he retired as a player and joined the Atlanta Braves as their executive and later became their vice-president. His job was to look for new team prospects and supervise the coaching of minor leaguers which resulted in making the Braves one of the strongest teams in National League. He was later promoted as their senior vice-president.
  • // 1st Aug 1982
    Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on August 1, 1982, after a ballot in which he came second.
  • // 1990
    He published his autobiography ‘I Had a Hammer’ in 1990.
  • // 1999
    ‘Hank Aaron Award’ was created in 1999 to be awarded to the best hitter who performs the best in each league.
  • // 8th Jan 2001
    On January 8, 2001, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded him the second highest civilian award ‘Presidential Citizens Medal’.
  • // Jun 2002
    He received the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ the highest civilian honor, from U.S. President George W. Bush in June 2002.

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Hank Aaron's FAQ

  • What is Hank Aaron birthday?

    Hank Aaron was born at 1934-02-05

  • Where is Hank Aaron's birth place?

    Hank Aaron was born in Mobile

  • What is Hank Aaron nationalities?

    Hank Aaron's nationalities is American

  • What is Hank Aaron nick names?

    Hank Aaron's nickNames is Hammer, Hammerin' Hank, and Bad Henry

  • Who is Hank Aaron spouses?

    Hank Aaron's spouses is Billye Aaron (m. 1973), Barbara Lucas (m. 1953–1971)

  • Who is Hank Aaron siblings?

    Hank Aaron's siblings is Alfredia, Gloria Delilah Aaron, James

  • Who is Hank Aaron childrens?

    Hank Aaron's childrens is Ceci Aaron, Dorinda Aaron, Gaile Aaron, Gary Aaron, Hank Aaron Jr., Lary Aaron

  • What was Hank Aaron universities?

    Hank Aaron studied at Little Rock Central High School

  • How tall is Hank Aaron?

    Hank Aaron's height is 183

  • Who is Hank Aaron's father?

    Hank Aaron's father is Herbert Aaron

  • Who is Hank Aaron's mother?

    Hank Aaron's mother is Estella

  • What is Hank Aaron's sun sign?

    Hank Aaron is Aquarius