Daily Archives: February 18, 2010

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #9

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #9

The final card of this set is an artist’s multi-image portrait of Hank during several phases of his career.  Captured in both his Atlanta and Milwaukee Braves uniforms, this ‘piece’ looks great!!

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1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #8

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #8

Title – 1982 Hall Of Fame

Hank Aaron’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame was an easy one.  One of the game’s most talented offensive players, Aaron received 97.8% of all votes tallied, ranking him with the second highest voting percentage in the history of the Hall of Fame.

Truly an amazing player, Hank Aaron was imortalized with the greatest players to ever play professional baseball – and he belonged with them all!!!!

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #7

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #7

Title – 1976 755

1976 was Hank Aaron’s final season in the big leagues.  A 22-year veteran, Hank was no longer able to deliver in the way that he could during his prime years.

But he did leave one more lasting impression!!! 

On July 20, Hank’s team was battling the Angels when Aaron ‘went yard’ for the last time in his career.  Home run #755 was in the record books, and Hank retired with a record that many thought would never be beaten.

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #6

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #6

Title – Return to Milwaukee

Hank Aaron was traded during the offseason between the 1974 and 1975 baseball seasons.  He was going back to where his career began – Milwaukee.  This time though, he would be playing as a Brewer, ending his 21-year career with the Braves organization.

Aaron would serve as the team’s designated hitter, and at 41 years of age, he proved to still be a solid hitter when given the chance to play.  In that first year back in Milwaukee, Aaron collected 109 hits while scoring 45 runs, hitting 12 homers, and driving in 60.

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #5

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #5

Title – 1974 715

Hank Aaron ended the 1973 baseball season with 713 career home runs.  Going into the start of the ’74 campaign, Hank needed just 1 homer to tie the all-time leader in major league history – Mr. Babe Ruth.

So what did Hank do in his first at-bat of 1974?  You had to ask right…  He hit a home run, of course, and he tied Babe for the all-time lead.  And it wouldn’t take long for him to capture the crown….

Just three days later, and in front of his home crowd, Aaron blasted #715 and became the game’s “Home Run King”.  A record that stood for decades was finally broken, and Hank Aaron’s legacy as the greatest power hitter of all-time was cemented!

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #4

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #4

Title – 1970 3,000

At 36 years of age, and in his 17th major league baseball season, Hank Aaron joined one of the most admired and respected clubs in all of baseball – ‘The 3,000 Hits Club’!!!

On May 17, Aaron and his Atlanta Braves teammates were on the road in Cincinnati to take on the Reds.  And in the second game of a double-header, Aaron collected hit number 3,000 of his career – an infield single.

For his career, Hank Aaron collected 3,771 total hits which ranks him in 3rd place on the all-time list behind Ty Cobb and Pete Rose.

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #3

1991 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Hank Aaron Subset – Card #3

Title – 1966 Move to Atlanta

After 12 incredible seasons as a Milwaukee Brave, the team was relocated to Atlanta. 

Atlanta’s ballpark, Fulton County Stadium, was a power hitter’s paradise.  And Aaron would take full advantage during the second half of his career!!!

During his debut season in that new ball park, Aaron launched 44 home runs!!!