Heroes Throughout History: Hank Aaron
Henry “Hank” Aaron was a famous baseball player that made history for being one of the first Black baseball players in Major League Baseball and breaking one of baseball’s greatest records. Aaron was born on February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama. He was interested in baseball from the very beginning, however, his family’s socioeconomic status meant that he could not afford sports equipment. Despite this challenge, he still practiced his talent by tossing bottle caps in the air and using a broom handle as a bat.
His passion for baseball grew as he got older and joined an independent Negro League called the Indianapolis Clowns in his sophomore and junior years of high school. During his time in the Negro League, his talent caused people to turn heads. This eventually led him to receive two offers from Major League Baseball teams, including the New York Giants and the Braves. During his time on the Braves, he faced many obstacles due to his race. Aaron would have to find his own housing accommodations while traveling, because many hotels would not allow him to stay with the rest of his team. He also faced numerous threats to his and his family’s lives. However, despite these challenges, he became one of the greatest players of all time and received the nickname “Hammerin’ Hank” because of his talent at hitting home runs. He also helped lead the Milwaukee Braves to win the World Series in 1957. To this day, many believe that his only rival in talent is the legendary Babe Ruth, whose all-time home run record he broke in 1973 as an Atlanta Brave.
Aaron recently passed away, however, his impact still lives on today. He was also a long-time supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.