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Hank Aaron

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Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama), is an American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Aaron is best known for setting the record for most home runs in a career (755), surpassing the previous mark of 714 by Babe Ruth. Aaron also holds the career marks for RBI (2,297), extra base hits (1,477) and total bases (6,856). He won one World Series ring with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957, one Most Valuable Player in 1957, three Gold Glove Awards and made 25 All-Star appearances.

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Pre-professional Career

Henry Louis Aaron was born February 5] 1934, in a part of Mobile, Alabama called Down The Bay. It was a poor area of town populated mostly by minorities. His family later moved to a better part of Mobile called Toulminville, where he was brought up and attended school. In Central High School, Aaron played shortstop and third base and was an outstanding hitter though he batted cross-handed. His team won the Negro High School Championship two years running. In high school,he also excelled in football.

Aaron's last two years of high school were spent at Josephine Allen Institute, a private high school. Aaron was so proficient a ballplayer at this young age that before his fifteenth birthday he was playing on a semi-pro team, the Pritchett Athletics, as their shortstop and third baseman. He made $3 a game. He tried out for the Dodgers but did not get to show his abilities to the scouts there. He then started playing with the semi-pro Mobile Black Bears for $10 a game.

His mother wanted Aaron to attend college in Florida. But with the promise to finish high school, on November 20, 1951 he was signed by scout Ed Scott to play for the Negro American League champion Indianapolis Clowns after the Black Bears played an exhibition against the Clowns the previous year. Aaron helped lead the Clowns to victory in the 1952 Negro League World Series.

Professional Career

Minor Leagues

On June 14, 1952 Aaron's contract was acquired by the Boston Braves for $10,000. He was the last Negro League player to make the jump to the major leagues. Aaron was assigned to the Braves' Class C farm club, the Eau Claire Bears, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he played second base. He got two line drive singles in his first game and end the season batting .326 and won the Northern League's Rookie of the Year. He earned $350 a month. In 1953, Aaron, along with Horace Garner and Felix Mantilla, was sent to the Jacksonville Tars to break the color line in the South Atlantic League. Despite enduring non-stop racial epithets and threats, Aaron led the league in runs (115), hits (208), doubles (36), RBI (115), and batting average (.362) to become the league's Most Valuable Player. One writer said, "Henry Aaron led the league in everything except hotel accommodations".

To prepare for the big leagues, Aaron played winter ball in Puerto Rico and learned to play the outfield. On March 13, 1954, Braves left fielder Bobby Thomson broke his ankle sliding into second base during a spring training game. The next day Aaron made his first spring training start for the Braves in left field and hit a home run.

Major Leagues

The Early Years

On April 13, 1954, Aaron made his major league debut and went 0-for-5 against the Cincinnati Reds' Joe Nuxhall. In the same game, Aaron's teammate, Eddie Mathews hit two home runs, the first two of a record 863 home runs the pair would hit as teammates. On April 15, 1954 Aaron got his first major league hit, a single off of Cardinals pitcher Vic Raschi. Aaron hit his first Major League home run on April 23, 1954 off of Raschi. Over the next 122 games, Aaron batted .280 (he would not hit that low again until 1966) with 13 homers (he wouldn't go below 20 for the next 20 years) before suffering a broken ankle on September 5.

In the following season, Aaron was moved to right field, where he played for most of his career, winning three Gold Gloves. 1955 also saw the first of a record-tying 24 All-Star Games for Aaron – only Willie Mays and Stan Musial appeared in as many All-Star Games. On June 24, 1955, Aaron became the first strike out victim of the Brooklyn Dodgers' future Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax. Koufax came on in relief for the Dodgers on Milwaukee's County Stadium, pitching two shutout innings and fanning two. Aaron finished the season batting .314 with 27 home runs and 106 RBI.

1956 saw Aaron hit .328 to win the first of two NL batting titles. He is also named The Sporting News' NL Player of the Year. Two changes were made in 1957 that had a profound effect on Aaron. First, he went from second in the batting order to fourth, behind Eddie Mathews instead of in front of him, and, second, he switched from a 36-ounce bat to a 34-ounce model. Aaron responded by leading the league with 44 home runs, a career-high 132 RBI, batted .322 and won his only NL MVP Award. During a game on August 15th, Aaron belted his 100th major league home run off of the Reds' Don Gross. On September 23, 1957, Aaron had what he called the best moment of his career. Aaron drilled a pitch from the Cardinals' Billy Muffett for a two-run homer in the 11th inning of a game. It clinched the Braves' first pennant in Milwaukee and Aaron was carried off the field by his teammates. That year, Milwaukee registered its only World Series victory behind right-handed pitcher Lew Burdette, who defeated the Yankees three times. Aaron did his part by hitting .393 with three homers and seven RBI.

The Chase is On

Aaron had another spectacular year in 1958 by hitting .326, with 30 home runs and 95 RBI. He led the Braves to another pennant in, but this time they lost a seven-game Series to the Yankees. Aaron picked up his first Gold Glove and finished 3rd in MVP voting. Hall of Famer, Don Drysdale served up the first of seventeen home runs to Aaron on June 29, 1958 ? more than any other pitcher.

On June 21, 1959 Aaron had a single most productive day as a hitter. Against the San Francisco Giants, he hit two-run home runs in the 1st, 6th and 7th inning off of Johnny Antonelli, Stu Miller and Gordon Jones. It was the only time in his career that he would hit three homers in a game. Exactly one month later, on July 21, Aaron appeared on the television show "Home Run Derby." He was paid $30,000 for his appearance ? almost as much as his annual salary. The prize money encouraged Aaron to change his approach in hitting and swing for more homers. Aaron defended his decision by saying, "I noticed that they never had a show called "Singles Derby". Eddie Mathews led the league in home runs with 46 and Aaron led the league in hitting with a .355 average and finished 3rd in MVP voting.

July 3, 1960 saw Aaron hit his 200th home run off of the Cardinals' Ron Kline at Sportsman's Park. On June 8, 1961, Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas became the first four players ever to hit successive home runs in a game. Aaron and Mathews went back to back off of Reds' pitcher Jim Maloney. Adcock and Thomas hit theirs off of reliever Marshall Bridges. Despite the unprecedented feat, the Braves lost the game 10-8.

On June 18, 1962, Aaron hit what most consider to be the longest home run of his career -- a 470-foot shot to straight-away center at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Only two other players ever hit a ball there – Joe Adcock in 1953 and Lou Brock, who oddly did it the day before Aaron. On April 19, 1963 he hit his 300th home run off of the Mets' Jay Hook. Aaron just missed winning the triple crown in 1963 by leading the league with 44 home runs and 130 RBI. He finished .007 percentage points behind Tommy Davis in batting. Aaron became the 3rd member of the 30-30 club behind Ken Williams and Willie Mays. He again finished 3rd in the MVP voting.

On September 20, 1965, Aaron hit the last home run by a Milwaukee Braves player at Milwaukee County Stadium. It came off Ray Culp of the Phillies. The Braves moved to Atlanta the following season and made Fulton County Stadium their new home. Aaron's home run output increased due to the hitter friendly park – later nicknamed "The Launching Pad".

Aaron hit his 400th home run on April 20, 1966 off Bob Priddy of the San Francisco Giants. On August 23 he homered to set a major league record with Eddie Mathews for most career home runs by teammates (863). The first two batters faced by Nolan Ryan in his career were Mathews and Aaron, on September 11, 1966. Neither of them struck out against Ryan.

In the first game of a double header against the Phillies on May 10, 1967, Aaron hit his only inside the park home run off Jim Bunning. Aaron hit a conventional home run in the second game of the double header off of Larry Jackson.

Aaron hit his 500th home run on July 14, 1968 off Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants at Fulton County Stadium. Aaron was just the 8th player to reach the milestone and he did it exactly one year after his former teammate Eddie Mathews did it with the Houston Astros. At the time, Aaron was the second youngest player to ever do so at 34 years, five months and nine days, a year and a half older than the youngest player to do so, Jimmie Foxx.

On July 30, 1969 Aaron hit his 537th home run to move into 3rd place on the career home run list, past Mickey Mantle and behind only Willie Mays and Babe Ruth. The Braves marked the first year of division play by winning the West. They Braves were fifth place on August 19, but outplayed the Giants and Reds down the stretch to win the division. Aaron slugged 44 homers and knocked in 97 runs. The Braves lost to the Miracle Mets in the playoffs, three games to none. Aaron and brother Tommie were the first siblings to appear in a League Championship series together as teammates. Aaron finished 3rd in MVP voting.

Aaron got his 3,000th career hit off of Reds' Wayne Simpson on May 17, 1970 with a single in the second game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, becoming the first player to reach that milestone. On July 31, he hit a home run against Dave Guisti of the Pirates in Atlanta for this 30th homer of the season, establishing a National League record for most seasons with 30 or more homers (12).

1971 saw several milestones for Aaron. On April 27 he hit his 600th career homer off the San Francisco Giants' Gaylord Perry in Atlanta. The greatest home run hitter slugged two homers off the greatest strikeout pitcher, Nolan Ryan, the first of which was on May 21, 1971, in Shea Stadium. On July 31 Aaron homered in an All-Star Game for the first time, connecting off Vida Blue in Detroit. He hit his 40th home run of the season against the Giants' Jerry Johnson on August 10, establishing a National League record for most seasons with 40 or more home runs (seven). On September 21, Aaron homered against the Padres' Jay Franklin for his 46th home run of the season – a new career high. Five days later, he hit his 47th home run, the most he hit in a season. He finished 3rd in MVP voting for the 6th time in his career.

During the strike shortened season of 1972, Aaron tied and then surpassed Willie Mays for second place on the career home run list with home runs on May 31 (648) off of the Padres' Fred Norman and June 10 (649) off of the Phillies' Wayne Twitchell. His home run on June 10 also his 14th grand slam, tying him with Willie McCovey and Gil Hodges for the National League record. On June 28 Aaron hit a two-run homer to tie Lou Gehrig for second place on the all-time RBI list with 1,990. The next day he passes Gehrig with a home run off of the Padres' Mike Caldwell to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time RBI list. Aaron got his 2,000 career RBI when he homered off Astros' Jim York. Aaron tied then surpassed Babe Ruth for the most home runs by a player with a single team when he homered for the 659th time as a Brave on July 19 against the Pirates' Nelson Briles and for the 660th on July 25 against the Reds' Wayne Simpson. At the first All-Star Game in Atlanta, Aaron thrilled the hometown crowd by homering in the sixth inning off the Cleveland Indians' Gaylord Perry. Aaron homered twice against the Phillies to break Stan Musial's major league record for total bases (6,134).

Racism and the Record

The chase to beat the Babe heated up in the summer of 1973 and with it the mail. Aaron needed a secretary to sort it as he received more than an estimated 3,000 letters a day, more than any American outside of politics.

Aaron hit his 700th home run off of the Phillies' Ken Brett. The 1973 season ended with Aaron at 713 homers after hitting a remarkable 40 in just 392 at-bats. He was 39. The Braves became the first team to have three players hit 40 or more homers in a season. Darrell Evans and Davey Johnson also reached the 40-homer mark.

Over the winter, Aaron endured death threats and a barrage of racist hate mail from people who did not want to see a black man break Ruth's home run record. However, when this harassment became widely known, the ballplayer enjoyed a massive flood of public support motivated at least partially to counter the bigotry. This included Babe Ruth's widow who denounced the racists and declared that her husband would have enthusiastically cheered Aaron's attempt at the record. As the 1974 season began, Aaron's pursuit of the home run record caused a small controversy.

The Braves opened the season in Cincinnati with a three game series being their first home game, but Braves management wanted him to break the record in Atlanta. Therefore, they were going to have Aaron sit out the first three games of the season. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ruled that he had to play two out of three. He tied Babe Ruth's record in his very first at bat, but did not hit another home run in the series. The largest crowd in Braves history (53,775) watched Hank Aaron break the record on April 8, 1974 with a home run in the 4th inning off Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing. The ball landed in the Braves bullpen where reliever Tom House caught it. While cannons were firing in celebration and Aaron rounded the bases, two college students appeared and ran alongside of him before security stepped in. Aaron's mother ran onto the field and into the arms of her son, tears brimming in her eyes. Mrs. Aaron wasn't just proud of her son; she rushed the plate because she thought her son had been shot. On November 2, 1974 Aaron hit his 733rd and final home run as a Brave.

After the 1974 season ended, the Braves traded Aaron to the Milwaukee Brewers for Roger Alexander and Dave May. Because the Brewers were an American League team, Aaron could extend his career by taking advantage of the designated hitter rule.

Aaron broke baseball's all time RBI record on May 1, 1975 and on July 20, 1976 Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run off the California Angels' Dick Drago.

Post-Playing Career

Hank Aaron's Plaque at the
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Hank Aaron's Plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Aaron rejoined the Atlanta Braves organization as player development director four days after retiring from baseball. On August 1, 1982 Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving votes on 97.8 percent of the ballots. At the time, only Ty Cobb received a higher percentage (98.2) of votes cast.

Aaron became one of the first blacks in Major League Baseball upper-level management as Atlanta's vice president of player development. Since December 1989, he has served as senior vice president and assistant to the president, but he is more active for Turner Broadcasting as a corporate vice president of community relations and a member of TBS' board of directors. He also is vice president of business development for The Airport Network.

On February 5, 1999, at a celebration for his 65th birthday, Aaron was honored for his achievements as a player and a person. Major League Baseball announced the introduction of the Hank Aaron Award, to be presented annually to the best hitters in the American League and National League. The first major award to be introduced in more than thirty years, it is also the first to be named after a former player still living at the time the award was inaugurated.

In 2002 Aaron received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Aaron attended Game 4 of the 2004 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri and personally awarded the Hank Aaron Award to winners – Barry Bonds in the NL, Manny Ramirez in the AL.

His autobiography I Had a Hammer was published in 1990. Aaron now owns Hank Aaron BMW of south Atlanta where every car is sold with an autographed baseball.

Records and Achievements

  • All-time home run leader: 755
  • All-time games played: 3,298 (at time of retirement, currently 3rd behind Pete Rose and Carl Yastrzemski)
  • All-time at-bats leader: 12,364 (at time of retirement, currently 2nd behind Pete Rose)
  • All-time RBI leader: 2,297
  • All-time total bases leader: 6,856
  • All-time extra-base hits leader: 1,477
  • NL MVP: 1957
  • Gold Glove award: 1958 ? 1960
  • The Sporting News NL Player of the Year: 1956, 1963
  • NL batting champion: 1956 (.328), 1959 (.355)
  • NL home run champion: 1957 (44), 1963 (44), 1966 (44), 1967 (39)
  • NL RBI leader: 1957 (132), 1960 (126), 1963 (130), 1966 (127)
  • NL total bases leader: 1956 (340), 1957 (369), 1959 (400), 1960 (334), 1961 (358), 1963 (370), 1967 (344), 1969 (332)
  • NL slugging percentage leader: 1959 (.636), 1963 (.586), 1971 (.669)
  • NL runs scored leader: 1957 (118); 1963 (121); 1967 (113)
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award(1970)
  • NL hits leader: 1956 (200), 1959 (223)
  • NL doubles leader: 1955 (37), 1956 (34), 1961 (39), 1965 (40)
  • Three home runs in one game: June 21, 1959
  • Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: 1982
  • Third in career hits (3,771)
  • Only player to hit at least 30 home runs in 15 seasons
  • Only player to hit at least 20 home runs in 20 seasons
  • Hit 40 home runs in a season 8 times
  • First player to reach 3,000 hits and 500 home runs
  • 24 All-Star appearances

Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G AB R H 2B 3B HR HR% RBI BB SO SB CS AVG SLG OBA OPS RC RCAA RCAP OWP RC/G TB EBH ISO SEC BPA IBB HBP SAC SF GIDP OUTS PA POS
1954 Braves 20 122 468 58 131 27 6 13 2.78 69 28 39 2 2 0.280 0.447 0.322 0.769 63 2 -3 0.512 4.70 209 46 0.167 0.226 0.451 0 3 6 4 13 362 509 LF
1955 Braves 21 153 602 105 189 37 9 27 4.49 106 49 61 3 1 0.314 0.540 0.366 0.906 113 39 37 0.679 6.86 325 73 0.226 0.311 0.546 5 3 7 4 20 445 665 RF
1956 Braves 22 153 609 106 200 34 14 26 4.27 92 37 54 2 4 0.328 0.558 0.365 0.923 115 39 34 0.679 6.96 340 74 0.230 0.287 0.544 6 2 5 7 21 446 660 RF
1957 Braves 23 151 615 118 198 27 6 44 7.15 132 57 58 1 1 0.322 0.600 0.378 0.978 135 66 64 0.772 8.40 369 77 0.278 0.371 0.612 15 0 0 3 13 434 675 RF
1958 Braves 24 153 601 109 196 34 4 30 4.99 95 59 49 4 1 0.326 0.546 0.386 0.931 120 54 49 0.745 7.53 328 68 0.220 0.323 0.557 16 1 0 3 21 430 664 RF
1959 Braves 25 154 629 116 223 46 7 39 6.20 123 51 54 8 0 0.355 0.636 0.401 1.037 156 82 71 0.794 9.71 400 92 0.281 0.375 0.641 17 4 0 9 19 434 693 RF
1960 Braves 26 153 590 102 172 20 11 40 6.78 126 60 63 16 7 0.292 0.566 0.352 0.919 119 51 49 0.732 7.22 334 71 0.275 0.392 0.598 13 2 0 12 8 445 664 RF
1961 Braves 27 155 603 115 197 39 10 34 5.64 120 56 64 21 9 0.327 0.594 0.381 0.974 131 59 35 0.746 8.02 358 83 0.267 0.380 0.615 20 2 1 9 16 441 671 RF
1962 Braves 28 156 592 127 191 28 6 45 7.60 128 66 73 15 7 0.323 0.618 0.390 1.008 139 64 54 0.752 8.77 366 79 0.296 0.421 0.643 14 3 0 6 14 428 667 CF
1963 Braves 29 161 631 121 201 29 4 44 6.97 130 78 94 31 5 0.319 0.586 0.391 0.977 149 79 61 0.798 8.92 370 77 0.268 0.433 0.648 18 0 0 5 11 451 714 RF
1964 Braves 30 145 570 103 187 30 2 24 4.21 95 62 46 22 4 0.328 0.514 0.393 0.907 112 47 36 0.727 7.36 293 56 0.186 0.326 0.554 9 0 0 2 22 411 634 RF
1965 Braves 31 150 570 109 181 40 1 32 5.61 89 60 81 24 4 0.318 0.560 0.379 0.938 121 51 37 0.729 7.85 319 73 0.242 0.382 0.603 10 1 0 8 15 416 639 RF
1966 Braves 32 158 603 117 168 23 1 44 7.30 127 76 96 21 3 0.279 0.539 0.356 0.895 117 42 32 0.689 6.87 325 68 0.260 0.416 0.590 15 1 0 8 14 460 688 RF
1967 Braves 33 155 600 113 184 37 3 39 6.50 109 63 97 17 6 0.307 0.573 0.369 0.943 126 55 41 0.735 7.75 344 79 0.267 0.390 0.608 19 0 0 6 11 439 669 RF
1968 Braves 34 160 606 84 174 33 4 29 4.79 86 64 62 28 5 0.287 0.498 0.354 0.852 104 45 40 0.736 6.06 302 66 0.211 0.355 0.546 23 1 0 5 21 463 676 RF
1969 Braves 35 147 547 100 164 30 3 44 8.04 97 87 47 9 10 0.300 0.607 0.396 1.003 127 58 41 0.750 8.36 332 77 0.307 0.464 0.635 19 2 0 3 14 410 639 RF
1970 Braves 36 150 516 103 154 26 1 38 7.36 118 74 63 9 0 0.298 0.574 0.385 0.958 115 42 32 0.693 8.15 296 65 0.275 0.436 0.615 15 2 0 6 13 381 598 RF
1971 Braves 37 139 495 95 162 22 3 47 9.49 118 71 58 1 1 0.327 0.669 0.410 1.079 135 73 60 0.804 1.47 331 72 0.341 0.485 0.689 21 2 0 5 9 348 573 1B
1972 Braves 38 129 449 75 119 10 0 34 7.57 77 92 55 4 0 0.265 0.514 0.390 0.904 90 30 20 0.675 6.96 231 44 0.249 0.463 0.572 15 1 0 2 17 349 544 1B
1973 Braves 39 120 392 84 118 12 1 40 1.20 96 68 51 1 1 0.301 0.643 0.402 1.045 103 47 36 0.751 9.72 252 53 0.342 0.515 0.675 13 1 0 4 7 286 465 LF
1974 Braves 40 112 340 47 91 16 0 20 5.88 69 39 29 1 0 0.268 0.491 0.341 0.832 57 14 8 0.616 5.97 167 36 0.224 0.341 0.528 6 0 1 2 6 258 382 LF
1975 Brewers 41 137 465 45 109 16 2 12 2.58 60 70 51 0 1 0.234 0.355 0.332 0.687 55 -6 -8 0.450 3.92 165 30 0.120 0.269 0.406 3 1 1 6 15 379 543 DH
1976 Brewers 42 85 271 22 62 8 0 10 3.69 35 35 38 0 1 0.229 0.369 0.315 0.684 31 -1 -4 0.481 3.8 100 18 0.140 0.266 0.409 1 0 0 2 8 220 308 DH
TOTALS   3298 12364 2174 3771 624 98 755 6.11 2297 1402 1383 240 73 0.305 0.555 0.374 0.928 2533 1032 822 0.719 7.49 6856 1477 0.25 0.376 0.584 293 32 21 121 328 9136 13940  
LG AVG     11637 1479 3062 477 96 298 2.56 1380 1116 1665 158 97 0.263 0.397 0.329 0.727 1533 0 0 0.500 4.53 4625 871 0.134 0.235 0.434 130 72 109 91 264 9136 13026  
POS AVG     11844 1634 3238 519 104 389 3.28 1592 1144 1768 160 92 0.273 0.433 0.338 0.772 1736 202 0 0.551 5.13 5132 1012 0.16 0.262 0.467 147 68 69 96 273 9136 13222  

League Leadership Rankings

1955 NL
GAMES7TH153
AT BATS6TH602
RUNS8TH105
HITS2ND189
SINGLES10TH116
DOUBLES1ST37
TRIPLES5TH9
HOME RUNS10TH27
RBI9TH106
AVERAGE5TH.314
SLG9TH.540
OPS9TH.906
RUNS CREATED9TH113
RCAA7TH39
RCAP7TH37
OWP8TH.679
TOTAL BASES6TH325
EXTRA BASE HITS5TH73
ISOLATED POWER9TH.226
BPA9TH.546
GIDP2ND20
PLATE APPEARANCES9TH665
OUTS7TH445
1956 NL
GAMES6TH153
AT BATS5TH609
RUNS3RD106
HITS1ST200
SINGLES6TH126
DOUBLES1ST34
TRIPLES2ND14
RBI9TH92
AVERAGE1ST.328
SLG3RD.558
OPS5TH.923
RUNS CREATED5TH115
RCAA5TH39
RCAP6TH34
OWP5TH.679
RUNS CREATED/GAME7TH6.96
TOTAL BASES1ST340
EXTRA BASE HITS2ND74
TOTAL AVERAGE9TH.869
BPA10TH.544
GIDP3RD21
SACRIFICE FLIES6TH7
PLATE APPEARANCES10TH660
OUTS9TH446
1957 NL
GAMES6TH151
AT BATS5TH615
RUNS1ST118
HITS2ND198
SINGLES8TH121
HOME RUNS1ST44
HR/100 OUTS1ST10.14
HR/100 PA2ND6.52
HR/100 AB3RD7.15
RBI1ST132
AVERAGE4TH.322
SLG3RD.600
OBA9TH.378
OPS3RD.978
RUNS CREATED2ND135
RCAA1ST66
RCAP2ND64
OWP2ND.772
RUNS CREATED/GAME3RD8.40
TOTAL BASES1ST369
EXTRA BASE HITS3RD77
ISOLATED POWER4TH.278
SECONDARY AVERAGE6TH.371
TOTAL AVERAGE3RD.988
BPA3RD.612
INTENTIONAL WALKS2ND15
PLATE APPEARANCES7TH675
OUTS9TH434
1958 NL
GAMES2ND153
AT BATS5TH601
RUNS3RD109
HITS3RD196
SINGLES4TH128
DOUBLES4TH4
HOME RUNS5TH30
HR/100 OUTS6TH6.98
HR/100 PA5TH4.52
HR/100 AB6TH4.99
RBI6TH95
AVERAGE4TH.326
SLG3RD.546
OBA6TH.386
OPS4TH.931
RUNS CREATED4TH120
RCAA2ND54
RCAP3RD49
OWP2ND.745
RUNS CREATED/GAME5TH7.53
TOTAL BASES3RD328
EXTRA BASE HITS3RD68
ISOLATED POWER7TH.220
SECONDARY AVERAGE9TH.323
TOTAL AVERAGE5TH.916
BPA3RD.557
INTENTIONAL WALKS3RD16
GIDP2ND21
PLATE APPEARANCES4TH664
OUTS10TH430
1959 NL
GAMES3RD154
AT BATS2ND629
RUNS4TH116
HITS1ST223
SINGLES3RD131
DOUBLES2ND46
TRIPLES8TH7
HOME RUNS3RD39
HR/100 OUTS3RD8.99
HR/100 PA4TH5.63
HR/100 AB4TH6.20
RBI3RD123
AVERAGE1ST.355
SLG1ST.636
OBA2ND.401
OPS1ST1.037
RUNS CREATED1ST156
RCAA1ST82
RCAP1ST71
OWP1ST.794
RUNS CREATED/GAME1ST9.71
TOTAL BASES1ST400
EXTRA BASE HITS1ST92
ISOLATED POWER3RD.281
SECONDARY AVERAGE6TH.375
TOTAL AVERAGE1ST1.089
BPA1ST.641
INTENTIONAL WALKS2ND17
GIDP4TH19
SACRIFICE FLIES2ND9
PLATE APPEARANCES3RD693
1960 NL
GAMES4TH153
AT BATS5TH590
RUNS5TH102
HITS6TH172
TRIPLES4TH11
HOME RUNS2ND40
HR/100 OUTS2ND8.99
HR/100 PA2ND6.02
HR/100 AB3RD6.78
RBI1ST126
WALKS10TH60
STOLEN BASES7TH16
CAUGHT STEALING10TH7
SLG2ND.566
OPS5TH.919
RUNS CREATED3RD119
RCAA3RD51
RCAP2ND49
OWP4TH.732
RUNS CREATED/GAME5TH7.22
TOTAL BASES1ST334
EXTRA BASE HITS2ND71
ISOLATED POWER3RD.275
SECONDARY AVERAGE4TH.392
TOTAL AVERAGE4TH.935
BPA3RD.598
INTENTIONAL WALKS3RD13
SACRIFICE FLIES1ST12
PLATE APPEARANCES8TH664
OUTS6TH445
1961 NL
GAMES1ST155
AT BATS3RD603
RUNS3RD115
HITS3RD197
SINGLES8TH114
DOUBLES1ST39
TRIPLES5TH10
HOME RUNS6TH34
HR/100 OUTS6TH7.71
HR/100 PA7TH5.07
HR/100 AB8TH5.64
RBI4TH120
STOLEN BASES4TH21
CAUGHT STEALING4TH9
AVERAGE5TH.327
SLG3RD.594
OBA8TH.381
OPS3RD.974
RUNS CREATED2ND131
RCAA2ND59
RCAP5TH35
WP3RD.746
RUNS CREATED/GAME7TH8.02
TOTAL BASES1ST358
EXTRA BASE HITS1ST83
ISOLATED POWER5TH.267
SECONDARY AVERAGE4TH.380
TOTAL AVERAGE4TH.993
BPA3RD.615
INTENTIONAL WALKS3RD20
GIDP10TH16
SACRIFICE FLIES2ND9
PLATE APPEARANCES3RD671
OUTS7TH441
1962 NL
RUNS4TH127
HITS6TH191
DOUBLES10TH28
HOME RUNS2ND45
HR/100 OUTS2ND10.51
HR/100 PA2ND6.75
HR/100 AB2ND7.60
RBI4TH128
AVERAGE5TH.323
SLG2ND.618
OBA5TH.390
OPS2ND1.008
RUNS CREATED3RD139
RCAA2ND64
RCAP2ND54
OWP2ND.752
RUNS CREATED/GAME2ND8.77
TOTAL BASES3RD366
EXTRA BASE HITS3RD79
ISOLATED POWER2ND.296
SECONDARY AVERAGE4TH.421
TOTAL AVERAGE3RD1.050
BPA3RD.643
INTENTIONAL WALKS3RD14
SACRIFICE FLIES10TH6
1963 NL
GAMES4TH161
AT BATS5TH631
RUNS1ST121
HITS2ND201
DOUBLES10TH29
HOME RUNS1ST44
HR/100 OUTS2ND9.76
HR/100 PA2ND6.16
HR/100 AB2ND6.97
RBI1ST130
WALKS3RD78
STOLEN BASES2ND31
AVERAGE3RD.319
SLG1ST.586
OBA2ND.391
OPS1ST.977
RUNS CREATED1ST149
RCAA1ST79
RCAP1ST61
OWP1ST.798
RUNS CREATED/GAME1ST8.92
TOTAL BASES1ST370
EXTRA BASE HITS1ST77
ISOLATED POWER3RD.268
SECONDARY AVERAGE1ST.433
TOTAL AVERAGE1ST1.063
BPA1ST.648
INTENTIONAL WALKS2ND18
PLATE APPEARANCES2ND714
1964 NL
RUNS4TH103
HITS8TH187
SINGLES8TH131
HOME RUNS9TH24
HR/100 OUTS10TH5.84
RBI10TH95
WALKS9TH62
STOLEN BASES6TH22
AVERAGE3RD.328
SLG8TH.514
OBA3RD.393
OPS6TH.907
RUNS CREATED7TH112
RCAA5TH47
RCAP6TH36
OWP6TH.727
RUNS CREATED/GAME6TH7.36
SECONDARY AVERAGE7TH.326
TOTAL AVERAGE6TH.912
BPA8TH.554
GIDP2ND22
1965 NL
RUNS5TH109
HITS10TH181
DOUBLES1ST40
HOME RUNS6TH32
HR/100 OUTS4TH7.69
HR/100 PA5TH5.01
HR/100 AB6TH5.61
STOLEN BASES6TH24
AVERAGE2ND.318
SLG2ND.560
OBA5TH.379
OPS2ND.938
RUNS CREATED3RD121
RCAA3RD51
RCAP5TH37
OWP2ND.729
RUNS CREATED/GAME2ND7.85
TOTAL BASES4TH319
EXTRA BASE HITS3RD73
ISOLATED POWER6TH.242
SECONDARY AVERAGE4TH.382
TOTAL AVERAGE2ND.980
BPA2ND.603
SACRIFICE FLIES4TH8
1966 NL
GAMES6TH158
RUNS2ND117
HOME RUNS1ST44
HR/100 OUTS3RD9.57
HR/100 PA2ND6.40
HR/100 AB2ND7.30
RBI1ST127
WALKS3RD76
STOLEN BASES7TH21
SLG6TH.539
OPS8TH.895
RUNS CREATED4TH117
RCAA8TH42
RCAP7TH32
OWP8TH.689
RUNS CREATED/GAME8TH6.87
TOTAL BASES4TH325
EXTRA BASE HITS5TH68
ISOLATED POWER5TH.260
SECONDARY AVERAGE3RD.416
TOTAL AVERAGE6TH.929
BPA4TH.590
INTENTIONAL WALKS4TH15
SACRIFICE FLIES2ND8
PLATE APPEARANCES6TH688
1967 NL
GAMES9TH155
AT BATS6TH600
RUNS1ST113
HITS6TH184
DOUBLES2ND37
HOME RUNS1ST39
HR/100 OUTS2ND8.88
HR/100 PA1ST5.83
HR/100 AB2ND6.50
RBI3RD109
STOLEN BASES10TH17
AVERAGE8TH.307
SLG1ST.573
OPS3RD.943
RUNS CREATED1ST126
RCAA2ND55
RCAP5TH41
OWP4TH.735
RUNS CREATED/GAME4TH7.75
TOTAL BASES1ST344
EXTRA BASE HITS1ST79
ISOLATED POWER1ST.267
SECONDARY AVERAGE5TH.390
TOTAL AVERAGE2ND.965
BPA2ND.608
INTENTIONAL WALKS5TH19
SACRIFICE FLIES7TH6
PLATE APPEARANCES7TH669
1968 NL
GAMES4TH160
RUNS10TH84
HITS10TH174
DOUBLES6TH33
HOME RUNS5TH29
HR/100 OUTS5TH6.26
HR/100 PA6TH4.29
HR/100 AB6TH4.79
RBI7TH86
WALKS8TH64
STOLEN BASES4TH28
SLG4TH.498
OPS5TH.852
RUNS CREATED4TH104
RCAA2ND45
RCAP2ND40
OWP3RD.736
RUNS CREATED/GAME5TH6.06
TOTAL BASES2ND302
EXTRA BASE HITS2ND66
ISOLATED POWER5TH.211
SECONDARY AVERAGE4TH.355
TOTAL AVERAGE4TH.852
BPA3RD.546
INTENTIONAL WALKS3RD23
GIDP1ST21
1969 NL
RUNS10TH100
DOUBLES10TH30
HOME RUNS2ND44
HR/100 OUTS2ND10.73
HR/100 PA2ND6.89
HR/100 AB2ND8.04
RBI7TH97
WALKS7TH87
CAUGHT STEALING5TH10
SLG2ND.607
OBA7TH.396
OPS2ND1.003
RUNS CREATED3RD127
RCAA4TH58
RCAP5TH41
OWP6TH.750
RUNS CREATED/GAME5TH8.36
TOTAL BASES1ST332
EXTRA BASE HITS1ST77
ISOLATED POWER2ND.307
SECONDARY AVERAGE3RD.464
TOTAL AVERAGE3RD1.032
BPA2ND.635
INTENTIONAL WALKS2ND19
1970 NL
RUNS9TH103
HOME RUNS5TH38
HR/100 OUTS2ND9.97
HR/100 PA3RD6.35
HR/100 AB4TH7.36
RBI5TH118
SLG7TH.574
OPS6TH.958
RCAA10TH42
OWP7TH.693
RUNS CREATED/GAME6TH8.15
EXTRA BASE HITS9TH65
ISOLATED POWER4TH.275
SECONDARY AVERAGE5TH.436
TOTAL AVERAGE6TH1.016
BPA5TH.615
INTENTIONAL WALKS5TH15
1971 NL
RUNS6TH95
HOME RUNS2ND47
HR/100 OUTS1ST13.51
HR/100 PA1ST8.20
HR/100 AB1ST9.49
RBI3RD118
AVERAGE5TH.327
SLG1ST.669
OBA3RD.410
OPS1ST1.079
RUNS CREATED2ND135
RCAA2ND73
RCAP3RD60
OWP2ND.804
RUNS CREATED/GAME1ST10.47
TOTAL BASES2ND331
EXTRA BASE HITS2ND72
ISOLATED POWER1ST.341
SECONDARY AVERAGE3RD.485
TOTAL AVERAGE1ST1.178
BPA1ST.689
INTENTIONAL WALKS1ST21
1972 NL
HOME RUNS4TH34
HR/100 OUTS1ST9.74
HR/100 PA1ST6.25
HR/100 AB1ST7.57
WALKS4TH92
SLG5TH.514
OBA4TH.390
OPS5TH.904
OWP8TH.675
RUNS CREATED/GAME5TH6.96
ISOLATED POWER5TH.249
SECONDARY AVERAGE1ST.463
TOTAL AVERAGE5TH.945
BPA6TH.572
INTENTIONAL WALKS3RD15
GIDP7TH17


1973 NL
HOME RUNS4TH40
RUNS CREATED9TH103
RCAA5TH47
RCAP9TH36


Trivia

Although Hank Aaron is still the all time home run hitter in Major League Baseball, he is second under former Japanese baseball player Sadaharu Oh (868) as the all time home run hitter in recorded baseball history (Negro League player Josh Gibson was said to have also hit well over 800 home runs, but recordkeeping in the Negro Leagues was fragmentary).

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