Saying so long to Hammerin' Hank Aaron
The Braves legend was a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and civil rights activist.
Henry Louis Aaron was raised in Mobile, Alabama, the house he grew up in now a museum bearing his name. Aaron decided to become a baseball player at the age of 14 when his dad took him to watch Jackie Robinson play in 1951. At 17, he quit school to play for the Negro baseball leagues. Indianapolis Clowns by 1954 the player who would one day be known as Hammer and Hank broke into the major leagues. Over the next 20 seasons, he hit it least 30 homers, 15 times, 40 orm or seven times in 1971. Aaron had a career year and started to think about his place in baseball history. I hit 47 home runs, more home runs than I ever hit. My baseball career was one reason why I thought at that time that I had a chance to break Babe Ruth's record. Aaron tied Ruth's record of 714 homers on opening day in 1974 and broke it four days later, pitched by Downing swinging a lot better failed Fall is gonna pay out of here. Sky 7 15. Aaron retired in 1976 with 755 home runs. He moved into the Braves front offices vice president and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Ah, longtime supporter of civil rights organizations, he co founded the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, helping Children develop their potential, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Hank Aaron will be remembered as, Ah, hard working, quiet man who worked magic with a baseball bat. Kurt Gregory, NBC News.