A Great King of Baseball: Hank Aaron A Great King of Baseball: Hank Aaron
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Hank Aaron's 755th Home run ball by Dan Gaken (CC)

Hank Aaron’s 755th Home run ball by Dan Gaken (CC)

Hank Aaron was born on February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama (USA). He was one of seven children. Aaron grew up poor, but he loved baseball. He started playing professional baseball with the Mobile Black Bears in the Negro Leagues. The Negro Leagues were for African Americans. African Americans were not allowed to play in the Major Leagues back then. Aaron later played for the Indianapolis Crowns. And they won the Negro League Championship. After that, Major League teams took notice of Hank Aaron.

In 1952, Aaron signed a contract with the Boston Braves. Five years earlier, Jackie Robinson became the first African American in the Majors. So at that time, Aaron was still one of the few black players in the Major Leagues. This was a challenge because some people were racist. But Aaron just got better and better. In 1954, he started playing regularly for the Braves. And in 1957, they won the World Series. Over his career, Hank Aaron played in 25 All-Star games.

Aaron’s greatest power was his bat. He finished the 1973 season with a lifetime total of 713 home runs. He was just one short of Babe Ruth’s 714. During the break, Aaron received death threats. Because he was black, some people did not want him to break the record. But in 1974, he hit number 715. Two years later, he retired with 755 as the Major League home run king. (Japanese player, Sadaharu Oh, is the world king with 868). In 2007, after 30 years, Bobby Bonds broke Aaron’s record. But because of his success, Hank Aaron will always stand as a great king of baseball.

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