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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray And Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/5/1934
Birth Location:
Mobile, Alabama

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray And Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/5/1934
Birth Location:
Mobile
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Biography

Baseball player Hank Aaron was born on February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama to Estella Aaron and Herbert Aaron. He attended Central High School in Mobile, Alabama and transferred to the private Josephine Allen Institute, where he graduated in 1951. While finishing high school, Aaron played for the Mobile Black Bears, a semi-professional Negro league baseball team.

In 1951, Aaron signed with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, where he played for three months before his contract was purchased by the Boston Braves. Aaron was assigned to the Eau Claire Braves, the Class-C minor league affiliate for the Boston Braves and was named Rookie of the Year in 1952. The next season, Aaron was promoted to the Jacksonville Braves, the Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. The following year, Aaron was invited to spring training for the newly relocated Milwaukee Braves and was offered a major league contract. In 1954, he made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves. By 1955, Aaron was named to the National League All-Star roster and captured his first National League batting title in 1956. The following season, Aaron won the National League MVP Award and led the Braves to win the 1957 World Series. Aaron went on to lead the Braves to another pennant championship in 1958, and received his first Golden Glove Award. In 1965, the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, where he became the first franchise player to hit his 500th career home run; and in 1970, he was the first Brave to reach 3,000 career hits. On April 8, 1974 Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time homerun record with 715. Aaron was then traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for the 1975-1976 season, when he broke the all-time RBI record. After the 1976 season, Aaron retired from professional baseball and returned to the Atlanta Braves organization as an executive. In 1982, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and was then named the Braves’ vice president and director of player development. Aaron continued to serve as vice president of the Braves. He also owned several car dealerships in Georgia and owned over thirty restaurant chains throughout the country. In 1990, he published his memoir I Had a Hammer.

Aaron was awarded the Spingarn Medal in 1976, from the NAACP. In 1999, Major League Baseball announced the introduction of the Hank Aaron Award to honor the best overall offensive performer in the American and National League. Later that year, Aaron was ranked fifth on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 2001, Aaron was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President George W. Bush in June 2002.

Hank Aaron was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 1, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hank Aaron's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hank Aaron lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hank Aaron talks about his parents' professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hank Aaron describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hank Aaron lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hank Aaron describes the Toulminville neighborhood of Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hank Aaron describes his early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hank Aaron recalls his early interest in baseball
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hank Aaron remembers Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Hank Aaron talks about the limited resources for sports in his community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Hank Aaron describes his experiences as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Haqnk Aaron recalls his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Hank Aaron talks about the lack of African American athletes in the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hank Aaron recalls enrolling at the Josephine Allen Institute in Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hank Aaron remembers joining the Indianapolis Clowns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hank Aaron talks about the prominent baseball players of his time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hank Aaron remembers the conditions on the Indianapolis Clowns team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hank Aaron describes his batting technique
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hank Aaron talks about the limited opportunities for African American athletes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hank Aaron recalls the prejudice he experienced while playing for the Jacksonville Braves, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hank Aaron recalls the prejudice he experienced while playing for the Jacksonville Braves, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Hank Aaron remembers the manager of the Jacksonville Braves
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hank Aaron remembers joining the Milwaukee Braves
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hank Aaron talks about his positions with the Milwaukee Braves
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hank Aaron describes the different styles of pitching
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hank Aaron remembers the pitchers in the National League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hank Aaron talks about the lack of diversity in the American League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hank Aaron remembers his teammates on the Milwaukee Braves
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hank Aaron talks about white baseball players from the South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hank Aaron remembers winning the 1957 World Series
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Hank Aaron talks about his approach to playing baseball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hank Aaron recalls appearing on 'Home Run Derby'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hank Aaron remembers his experiences with segregation while traveling with the Milwaukee Braves
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hank Aaron recalls the Braves' move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hank Aaron talks about living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hank Aaron recalls the 1967 season with the Atlanta Braves
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hank Aaron remembers his three thousandth career hit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hank Aaron talks about the camaraderie between baseball players
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Hank Aaron reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Hank Aaron talks about approaching Babe Ruth's home run record
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Hank Aaron talks about the public response to his home run record
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hank Aaron describes the home run that broke Babe Ruth's record
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hank Aaron talks about the popular batters of his time
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hank Aaron talks about Barry Bonds' baseball career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hank Aaron reflects upon the current gameplay in Major League Baseball
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Hank Aaron shares his views on Little League coaching
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Hank Aaron talks about baseball in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Hank Aaron talks about the need for outreach to black youth in Major League Baseball
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Hank Aaron recalls working as a farm director for the Atlanta Braves
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Hank Aaron remembers being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Hank Aaron talks about his businesses and autobiography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Hank Aaron shares his advice to aspiring baseball players
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Hank Aaron describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Hank Aaron talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Hank Aaron describes how he would like to be remembered