Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hall of Fame Thursday - Hank Aaron

1974 Topps #1 Hank Aaron

Today is Hammerin Hank's 75th birthday. I am not sure but I think 75 is the Diamond Anniversary, which is appropriate, because it is upon the Baseball Diamond where Hank Aaron made his name.

Hank Aaron: 755 Career Homers, 2297 RBI ,1477 XBH all still tops among Right Handed batters. He also scored 2174 Runs (4th overall, 2nd RH). Aaron played in 24 All-Star games during a 23 year career, try and top that! For a couple of years in the late 50s and early 60s they played two all-star games, which made this All-Star feat possible.

Aaron was also a member of the 1957 World Champion Milwaukee Braves who bested the Yankees in seven games. He homered 3 times in that series, but the big star was Lew Burdette who won three World Series games - including shutouts in games 5 and 7.

This is kind of cool - has audio of three different Home Run calls for Hank Aarons 715th Home Run.

1974 Topps
This is a card from the Phungo 1.0 collection which means it's from when I was a kid. Somehow it made it all the way through to 2009. My first pack of cards was 1974 Topps. I don't remember much about it, other than I picked it up at a 7-11. I doubt the Aaron card was in that pack.

and I will leave you with this tidbit from baseball-reference:

6,858 people saw Hank Aaron's final game.

Hank Aaron HoF Index
1959 Topps #467 Baseball Thrills (1957 WS Home Run)
1974 Topps #5 (Retro of 1966-1969 Topps)
1975 Topps #1 (40th anniversary of record HR) 
1976 Topps #660 (1st Brewers card) 
1976 Topps #1 Hank Aaron (Record Breaker Career RBI)

Aaron Statue Miller Stadium Visit

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1 comment:

night owl said...

'74 was my first year for cards, too.

I was always annoyed that Aaron didn't get a card like everyone else did in that set.

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