33 Facts About Hank Aaron

1. Hank Aaron was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia, to recognize accomplishments and community service that reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees, which governed the Georgia colony from 1732 to 1752.

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2. Hank Aaron received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President George W Bush in June 2002.

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3. In July 2000 and again in July 2002, Hank Aaron threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, played at Turner Field and Miller Park, respectively.

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4. In 1988 Hank Aaron was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame for his time spent on the Milwaukee Braves.

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5. In 1982, Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility.

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6. Hank Aaron sold all but the Toyota dealership in McDonough in 2007.

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7. Hank Aaron is the corporate vice president of community relations for TBS, a member of the company's board of directors and the vice president of business development for The Airport Network.

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8. Hank Aaron was then named the Braves' vice president and director of player development.

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9. Hank Aaron had 100+ RBIs in a season 15 times, including a record 13 in a row.

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10. On May 1, 1975, Hank Aaron broke baseball's all-time RBI record, previously held by Ruth with 2,213.

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11. Hank Aaron knocked in the 2,000th run of his career and hit a home run in the first All-Star game played in Atlanta.

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12. On July 31, 1969, Hank Aaron hit his 537th home run, passing Mickey Mantle's total; this moved Aaron into third place on the career home run list, after Willie Mays and Babe Ruth.

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13. Hank Aaron was, at the time, the second-youngest player to reach that plateau.

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14. Hank Aaron finished third in the MVP race and he received his first of three Gold Glove Awards.

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15. On September 23, 1957, Hank Aaron hit a two-run game-ending home run in Milwaukee, clinching the pennant for the Braves and being carried off the field by his teammates.

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16. In 1957, Hank Aaron won his only NL MVP Award, as he had his first brush with the triple crown.

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17. Hank Aaron was named to the NL All-Star roster for the first time; it was the first of a record 21 All-Star selections and first of a record 25 All-Star Game appearances.

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18. At this point, Hank Aaron was known to family and friends primarily as "Henry.

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19. The next day, Hank Aaron made his first spring training start for the Braves' major league team, playing in left field and hitting a home run.

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20. Hank Aaron spent the winter of 1953 playing in Puerto Rico.

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21. Hank Aaron singled, doubled, and hit a home run in the game.

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22. Hank Aaron was one of the first African Americans to play in the league.

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23. Hank Aaron led the league in runs, hits (208), doubles (36), RBI (125), total bases (338), and batting average (.

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24. Hank Aaron broke his habit of hitting cross-handed and adopted the standard hitting technique.

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25. Hank Aaron was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of accomplishments that reflect the ideals of Georgia's founders.

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26. Hank Aaron was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.

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27. Hank Aaron was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

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28. At the time of his retirement, Hank Aaron held most of the game's key career power hitting records.

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29. Hank Aaron won the NL Player of the Month award in May 1958 and June 1967.

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30. Hank Aaron was a Gold Glove winner for three seasons.

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31. Hank Aaron was an NL All-Star for 20 seasons and an AL All-Star for 1 season, from 1955 through 1975.

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32. Hank Aaron appeared briefly in the Negro American League and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career.

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33. Hank Aaron was born and raised in and around Mobile, Alabama.

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