Henry Aaron was born on this day in Mobile (AL, US). Hammerin’ Hank was rapidly becoming a fixture in baseball when I was just old enough to follow it. I remember following the World Series games in 1957 when Mr. Aaron’s team, the Milwaukee Braves, faced the New York Yankees. Along with teammates such as pitchers Warren Spahn (Cy Young award) and Lou Burdette; catcher Del Crandall; and infielders Eddie Matthews, Johnny Logan, and Red Schoendienst; Mr. Aaron (Most Valuable Player) made a formidable team.
Like many people in that era, Mr. Aaron had to endure racial taunts and far worse. He persevered, though. Ultimately, despite having to contend with threats to his and his family’s well being, he eclipsed Babe Ruth’s record for home runs in a career. But, he was far more than a home-run hitter. He hit for average and RBIs as well as earning Golden Gloves for his fielding.