Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday Hank Aaron

1960 Topps

Perhaps the greatest living Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron turns 80 years old today.  On this day of celebration, I will give you all some fun facts you may or may not know about Mr. Aaron.

-Held career record of 755 home runs when he retired.  Broke Babe Ruth's 714 mark in April of 1974 while geting racial and death threats from fans during his chase.

-He also holds career MLB records for RBIs (2,297), total bases(6.856) and extra base hits (1.477).

-Even though he hit 755 career homers, he never hit 50 in one season.

-Finished his career with 3,771 hits. If you take his 755 home runs away, he still has over 3,000

-Was 25 time All Star, another MLB record

-Is a 2x batting champion, 4x home run and RBI league leader each

-Won 3 Gold Gloves

-Won his only NL MVP and World Series in 1957

-his #44 uniform is retired for both Braves and Brewers

-1st ever player to play for Brewers to be inducted in baseball Hall of Fame

-teaming with younger brother, Tommie, holds record for career record for home runs as brothers (768)

-last active player in MLB  history to have played in Negro Leagues.

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