Completing our current Alabama Sports Mount Rushmore is none other than baseball star and home-run king, Hank Aaron.
Aaron was born in 1934 in the city of Mobile, Alabama. “Hammerin’ Hank” has never talked much about his struggling younger years, but it is known that he lived in severe poverty. Aaron’s talent was very prevalent in the 1952 Negro Leagues season, after which he was offered two contracts to play Professional baseball.
Hank chose to play for the Boston Braves, even after Willie Mays begged him to come to New York and play for the Giants with him (Can you even imagine that dynamic duo together?? WOW!).
Regardless, something must have gone right for Aaron, because he left baseball as leader in many statistic categories including RBI’s, total bases, extra-base hits, and of course home runs.
His home run record has technically been broken by Barry Bonds, but that is still debated due to Bond’s performance-enhancing drugs involvement. Aaron also holds the record for most played All-Star Games at 25, beating out friend Willie Mays by one game.
Hammerin’ Hank entered the Hall of Fame with some amazing stat numbers including: 3,771 hits, 755 home runs, and 2,297 Runs batted in while hitting for a career batting average of .305.
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