Category Archives: Hank Aaron Collection

1976 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron’s Legendary Career Comes To An End

1976 HEADLINE:  Hank Aaron’s Legendary Career Comes To An End

On this day in 1976, Hank Aaron played in his final game as a major league baseball player.

On the last day of the 1976 baseball season, Aaron and his Brewers teammates were at home in Milwaukee taking on the Detroit Tigers.  Sadly, there were less than 7,000 fans in the stands to see Aaron make his final appearance in the big leagues.

Aaron was hitless in the game until the 6th inning when he hit a single off of Tigers’ pitcher Dave Roberts.

That at-bat would be the final one of his career.  It was hit 3,771 of Hank’s amazing career!!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

On this day in 1968, Hank Aaron belted the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career. This milestone came at home and in Atlanta against the San Francisco Giants. In the bottom of the third inning, Aaron crushed a 3-run home run off of Giants’ pitcher Mike McCormick giving the Braves a 3-0 lead and giving baseball another member in the historic ‘500 HR Club’.

For the day, Aaron went 2-for-4 with the home run and a single. He drove in three runs on the day while scoring another.

This game also featured another future member of the ‘500 HR Club’ – Hall of Famer, Willie McCovey.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Aaron!!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Hits First Big League Homer!!

On this day in 1954, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron crushed the first home run of his major league career.

On the road, and playing against the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves battled the Cards in a 4-hour marathon. In total, the game consisted of 25 hits and 12 runs.

And for Aaron, this game was where his historic start as one of the game’s greatest power hitters took off. In the top of the 6th inning, Aaron belted a solo homer off of Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi. On the day, Aaron went 3-for-7, while collecting 2 RBI, scoring 2 runs, and connecting for his first home run as a major league player.

And as they say, the rest was history…

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Aaron!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron Is Baseball’s New Home Run King!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron Is Baseball’s New Home Run King!!!

On this day in 1974, and less than a week into the new baseball season, Hank Aaron became ball’s new home run king.  What a long offseason it must have been…

At home, and in front of 53,775 Braves fans, Hank Aaron crushed the 715th home run of his career passing Babe Ruth.  Coming to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, Arron faced Al Downing and sent his offering into the left field bleachers!!

And as they say, ‘The Crowd Went Wild’!!

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement Mr. Aaron!!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1954 you made your debut as a professional baseball player.  Happy Anniversary!

At the time who would have thought that you would be the player to surpass the great Babe Ruth’s all-time home run mark?  Who would have thought that you would have been 1 of just a few players in the history of the game to eclipse the 500 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus?  Who would have thought you would have been a 21-time All-star?  A 3-time Gold Glove winner?  A Most Valuable Player?  A World Series winner?

Thank you for dreaming Mr. Aaron.  Thank you for reaching for the stars!!!

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Hank Aaron’s Spectacular 1954 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Hank Aaron’s Spectacular 1954 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Very few players have baseball cards that continue to maintain or increase in value after retirement, after Hall of Fame enshrinement, and after their lofty records fall.

Very few players can measure up to Hank Aaron and his baseball cards.

His rookie card, from the 1954 Topps baseball set, is superb.  It offers us a glimpse of a young and very talented Aaron as well as a very vintage, and politically incorrect Braves’ team logo.

Here is the card:

I wonder how may bikes found this card attached to their spokes… :)

Hank Aaron And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1982

Hank Aaron And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1982

Henry Aaron was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.  His election came on his first ballot, in which he collected votes on 406 of 415 ballots cast.

His 97.83% vote ranks 6th on the All-Time list.

Plaque text:

Hit 755 home runs in 23-year career to become major’s all-time homer king.  had 20 or more for 20 consecutive years, at least 30 in 15 seasons, and 40 or better eight times.  Also set records for games played (3,298) at-bats (12,364) long hits (1,477) total bases (6,856) runs batted in (2,297).  Paced NL in batting twice and homers, runs batted in, and slugging pct. four times each.  Won Most Valuable Player Award in NL in 1957.