One of the first players to break the barrier of racism in baseball, Hank Aaron led the major league baseball in home runs with a career total of 755 when he retired from the game in 1976. A hard-hitting player at just 17, Aaron began his career with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League. Scouts with the Boston Braves saw his potential and purchased his contract.
“You can only milk a cow so long, then you’re left holding the pail.” — Hank Aaron
Hank knew that you have to do more than just swing for the fence and hit home runs. You have to bunt, hit singles and doubles. You have to get on base. You have to field and catch the ball. In other words, you have to be a baseball player. And yeh, hit home runs
Hank played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list.