Daily Archives: February 5, 2012

I Desperately Want A Hank Aaron Signed Baseball For My Collection. But…

I Desperately Want A Hank Aaron Signed Baseball For My Collection.  But…

Look, I know that I have very little chances of meeting Hank Aaron in person.  And if I did, I have read enough to know that he is not the most gracious signer out there.  And I completely understand that too.

So, that means that if I want to add a signed ball of Mr. Aaron to my collection, I am going to have to buy one.  And since he sits alone atop of my ‘Want List’ on my signed ball list, I shop for his autograph often.

But, his signature puzzles me terribly.  There are so many out there, and so many variations that I am not sure which one to go after.

There is the vintage auto:

And then the modern one:

And here is one from an ‘in-between’ time:

So, what I do know is that regardless of the auto that I eventually get of Hank’s, I will demand that it be accompanied with a COA from a very reputable source.  I’ll keep you posted on that journey…

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.

Hank Aaron & #755

Hank Aaron & #755

On July 20, 1976, Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run at Milwaukee County Stadium off Dick Drago of the California Angels.

Currently, Aaron sits in second place on the All-time Home Run leader-board.  He rests seven homers behind the leader, Barry Bonds.

Hank Aaron, MLB’s RBI Leader!!!

Hank Aaron, MLB’s RBI Leader!!!

Simply put, no player in the history of the game has provided more run production than Hank Aaron.

Perched at the top of the leader-board as the All-Time leader in RBI, Hank Aaron has no equal.  He comfortably sits in the #1 spot with 2,297 RBI.

The second place player on the list is Babe Ruth with 2,213 RBI.  The highest active player on the list is Alex Rodriguez, who is 11th on the ladder with 1,893 RBI.

Hank Aaron & The ‘3000 Hits Club’

Hank Aaron & The ‘3000 Hits Club’

It has been well documented that Hank’s main personal goal in baseball was to collect 3,000 hits, just like his boyhood idol – Stan Musial.

Aaron’s 3,000th hit (a single) came in the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds, May 17, 1970.

But Hank went beyond 3,000.  He retired from professional baseball with 3,771 career hits.  At the time of his retirement, he was second on the all-time hits list behind only Ty Cobb.  Today, he is in third place, behind Cobb and Pete Rose.  He collected 141 more hits than the player in 4th place on the list, his childhood idol – Stan Musial.


Hank Aaron’s Lone World Series Championship – 1957

Hank Aaron’s Lone World Series Championship – 1957

The Atlanta Braves rode the wave of their very talented and powerful outfielder during the course of the 1957 baseball season.

Hank took the team into the playoffs for the first time in his young career in ’57, and he shined marvelously!!!

In seven games, Hank went 11-for-28, good for a .393 clip.  He connected for one triple and three home runs in those seven games, while also scoring five runs and driving in seven.

The Braves won the title in seven games during the ‘Fall Classic’ over the New York Yankees.

Hank Aaron, The 1957 National League Most Valuable Player!!!

Hank Aaron, The 1957 National League Most Valuable Player!!!

Hank had a monster season by all accounts in 1957.

Not only did he help lead his team to the World Series championship, but he took his game to another level – an MVP level.

The numbers:  198 hits, .322 batting average, 27 doubles, 44 home runs (league leader), 118 runs scored (league leader), and 132 RBI (league leader).  And as a 23-year youngster, he showed tremendous control at the plate – in 675 plate appearances, Hank struck out just 58 times, while walking 57 (15 intentionally).

Hank Aaron, Batting Champion.

Hank Aaron, Batting Champion.

Most baseball fans don’t confuse the term ‘slugger’ and ‘hitter’.  Hank Aaron was a hitter, he just happened to hit the ball hard and long.

In fact, he was so good at the plate, that he won two batting crowns.

In his third year in the league, Hank Aaron won the 1956 batting title.  During that season, Hank amassed 200 hits, good for a .328 batting average.  Three seasons later, in 1959, he did it again – this time collecting 223 hits en route to a .355 average.

Atta Boy Hank!!!

How many ‘sluggers’ do you know that can claim a batting crown?  Not very many, that is for sure!!!

Hank Aaron Was Named An All-Star Twenty-One Times!!!

Hank Aaron Was Named An All-Star Twenty-One Times!!!

No player has been selected as an All-Star more than Hank Aaron.

Not Ruth.

Not Mays.

Not Mantle.

Not Gehrig.

Not Ripken.

Hank Aaron stands alone and on top of the leader board with twenty-one All-Star game selections during his twenty-three season major league career.

Hank Aaron Is A 3-Time Gold Glove Winner

Hank Aaron Is A 3-Time Gold Glove Winner

Often overshadowed due to his lack of flare and desire to be in the spotlight, Hank Aaron was a very solid outfielder over the course of his career.

And from 1958-1960, he was celebrated as one of the best outfielders in the National League as we won three consecutive Gold Glove awards for defensive excellence.

In those three campaigns, Hank made 886 put-outs, had 37 assists, and committed just 11 errors.

Who knows, if it had not been for a spectacular right-fielder in Pittsburgh, Aaron may have won a few more of these…