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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!!

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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!!!

Hank Aaron 2001 Topps Opening Day – “Golden Moments”

Hank Aaron 2001 Topps Opening Day – “Golden Moments”

One of my favorite baseball cards themes is the celebration of a player or team achievement.

No card captures the sheer excitement of a baseball memory better.

A perfect example of a card achieving this kind of emotional reaction is this one from the 2001 Topps Opening Day set that honors Hank Aaron topping Babe Ruth on the all-time home runs list.

Take a look:

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Simply magical!!

And I love the Silver additions to the card – just a little more shine to make the card pop!

A great addition to my Hank Aaron collection.

Hank Aaron 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades – ‘Decade Datelines’

Hank Aaron 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades – ‘Decade Datelines’

You may expect that I have a lot of cards from this set – and you’re right!!  After all, it features players that starred from my favorite baseball era.

I like the look of the cards.  I like the fonts and colors used throughout the set.

And, of course, I love when the players I cherish most are celebrated on cardboard.

This is the Hank Aaron card from the 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Decade Datelines’ set:

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I like everything about it, especially that uniform that Mr. Aaron is wearing.  But, the image is just too zoomed in and blurry.  And while I could probably deal with the closely-cropped shot, it is the out-of-focus, and fuzzy, look of the picture that really fails.

Sadly, I have finally encountered a card from this set that I do not like.  Too bad is of one of my favorite baseball heroes…

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Oh Henry!!

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Oh Henry!!

Hammerin’ Hank was featured on quite a few cards in the subsets that Topps issued in 2012.

In the ‘Golden Greats’ set alone, he was featured five times.  Yes, FIVE!!!

This card, tagged as ‘Oh Henry’, celebrates Aaron’s game winning hit in the 11th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The hit came on August 17, 1957 and sealed the victory for a young Aaron and the Braves.

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Hank Aaron 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Hank Aaron 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

I am still shipping away at singles from the 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set for my player collections.  And while I am seeking some of the more rare cards from the set like the ‘Black-bordered mini’ and the ‘No-number mini’, I still need a few base cards too.

Like this one of Hank Aaron.

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I like the card, but it is a but bland.  Maybe including the bat in the shot would be enough to change it a bit?  I will say that the Braves uniform that Aaron is wearing for this shot is one of my favorites –  I love that cap!!!

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Aaron Caps Comeback

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Aaron Caps Comeback

Here is another one of the many cards of Hank Aaron from the 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ set.

Check it out:

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This card celebrates an extra innings walk-off RBI by Hank Aaron on July 14, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The game was tied at 2-2 when Aaron connected for an RBI-single in the bottom of the tenth inning to secure victory for the Braves.

Atta Boy Henry!!!