1. Hank Aaron
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 5, 1934 in Mobile, AL USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 13, 1954
  • Final Game: October 03, 1976
  • TSN All-Star - 1956
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1956
  • Most Valuable Player - 1957
  • Gold Glove - 1958
  • TSN All-Star - 1958
  • Gold Glove - 1959
  • TSN All-Star - 1959
  • Gold Glove - 1960
  • TSN All-Star - 1963
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1963
  • TSN All-Star - 1965
  • TSN All-Star - 1967
  • TSN All-Star - 1969
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1970
  • TSN All-Star - 1970
  • TSN All-Star - 1971
 
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We need to bring this up as much as we can…

Regardless of the era Hank Aaron is one of the greatest baseball players that ever existed. 

Period. 

Hank Aaron is known for three major things:

Setting the career Home Run record (since broken by Barry Bonds).

Facing severe racism while chasing the record.

Being an overall class act.

“Hammerin” Hank Aaron would hit 733 of his 755 career Home Runs with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and while his season high of 44 doesn’t come close to the season high set before or after his run in baseball his consistency to hit the long ball is near unequalled.  Aaron his 44 Home Runs to win the NL Title in 1967 and he would repeat leading the title three more times (1963, 1966 & 1967) with the second and third title being won with…what else?  44 Home Runs.  Aaron would have five more 40 Home Run and six more 30 Home Run Seasons.  He is also the career leader in Runs Batted In (2,297) with 2,202 coming as a Brave.  He was a four time leader in RBIs and seven times he would exceed the 120 mark.  His Braves Slash Line is a sick .310/.377/.567 with an even 3,600 Hits and without Aaron the Braves do not go to back-to-back World Series (1957 & 1958) where Milwaukee would win the first one where Hank batted .393 with 3 Home Runs. 

Aaron was named to the All Star every season from 1955 to 1974 and with the exception of his rookie campaign he was always an All Star while playing for the Braves.  Aaron was named the MVP in the 1957 campaign while finishing third for the award six times.  Aaron also was a decent defensive player who would win the Gold Glove three times and he had underappreciated speed on the basepaths as shown by his six seasons with 20 or more Stolen Bases.

The Atlanta Braves would retire his number 44 in 1977 and he would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.  Fittingly to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth in career Home Runs, Major League Baseball created the Hank Aaron Award to honor the best offensive player in each league.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 6/14/52.
  • Departed: Traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Dave May and a Player to be Named Later (Which would be Roger Alexander). 11/2/74
  • Games Played: 3076
  • Notable Statistics: 2,107 Runs Scored
    3,600 Hits
    600 Doubles
    96 Triples
    733 Home Runs
    2,202 RBI
    240 Stolen Bases
    .310/.377/.567 Slash Line
    142.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1957)

    MVP (1957)

    Lou Gehrig Award (1970)

    All Star (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974)

    Gold Glove (1958, 1959 & 1960)

    Highest bWAR (1961)

    Highest Batting Average (1956 & 1959)

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1959, 1963, 1967 & 1971)

    Highest OPS (1959, 1963 & 1971)

    Most Runs Scored (1957, 1963 & 1967)

    Most Hits (1956 & 1959)

    Most Total Bases (1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967 & 1969)

    Most Home Runs (1957, 1963, 1966 & 1967)

    Most Runs Batted In (1957, 1960, 1963 & 1966)

    Highest OPS+ (1959, 1963 & 1971)

    Most Sacrifice Flies (1960)

    Most Intentional Walks (1971)

    Highest Stolen Base Percentage (1966 & 1968)

    Highest Power-Speed (1963, 1966 & 1968)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1959, 1961 & 1963)

    Most Putouts by a Rightfielder (1956, 1960, 1966 1967 & 1968)

    Most Assists by a Rightfielder (1956 & 1959)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Rightfielder (1956, 1960 & 1961)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Rightfielder (1955, 1960 & 1961)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Rightfielder (1968)
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