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Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron was born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama. He was the third child of eight, His focus was always on baseball. He attended Central High School, Mobile Negro High School and the Allen Institute. Hank was Born in a poor black neighborhood but his family moved to a middle class neighborhood when he was young. In high school he played Shortstop and Third base for his school team. He quit school in 1951 to play in the Negro Leagues for the Indianapolis Clowns. After leading the Clowns to victory in the league's 1952 World Series, he was recruited to the Milwaukee Braves for $10,000. Hank was assigned to the Eauclaire Bears where he was named Northern League Rookie of the Year. A year later he got his first major league start when the Braves outfielder's injury created a roster spot for him. Aaron's first debute was April 13,1954. While playing in the Leagues he gained the nicknames of Hammer, Hammering' Hank, and Bad Henry. When he first signed to the major leagues he signed as a free agent with the Boston Braves. Between the years of 1954-1976 he played for the Braves and Brewers. In these teams Hank played Right fielder and First baseman. In 1958 his brother joined the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent, In 1973 at age 39 he hit a remarkable 40 home runs putting him right behind Babe Ruth’s record. The race to beat Babe Ruth's record sparked racial tensions. People sent letters to congratulate him, while other people sent hate mail because they didn't like the fact of a black man breaking one of baseballs most sacred records. Hank Aaron got close to around 3,000 letters a day. Although the racial tension was still going he still managed to beat Babe Ruth's record. Hank Aaron's final game With the Atlanta Braves was October 3rd,1976. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1982. Now he is 78 and his record was broken by Barry Bonds on August 7th, 2007. Hank Aaron was an incredible inspiration for many and we will live on as a legend dead or alive. " On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again." Hank Aaron.




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