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Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

Although the Milwaukee Braves had bet a lot on Bobby Thompson in 1954, all was not lost.

They replaced Thompson with the then “unknown” Hank Aaron. He played left field as a 20 year old rookie. On April 23 at Sportsman Park in St. Louis, he connected, like he would do so many more times, for his first big league home run. Vic Raschi was the pitcher. Hank helped the Braves to a 7-5 victory.

How often would this same story be written over the next two decades?

Hammerin Hank came on the scene.