Tuesday, November 16, 2010

1955 Topps #47 - Hank Aaron

I've been waiting to write this one, but what can I say about the True Home Run King that hasn't already been said?

One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Hank Aaron (b. 1934) played from 1954 to 1976 for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers. He has an amazing list of accomplishments:
  • 1957 World Series Champion
  • All Star from 1955 to 1975
  • 1957 NL MVP
  • 3 Gold Gloves
  • 3,771 Career Hits
  • .305 career average
  • 755 Home Runs (Damn you Barry Bonds)
  • 2,297 RBIs (MLB Record)
  • 6.856 total bases (MLB Record)
  • 1,477 extra base hits (MLB Record)
  • 17 seasons with 150 or more hits (MLB Record)
  • Uniform Number 44 retired by the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers
  • Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982 on his first ballot with 97.83% of the vote (6th best all-time; behind Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken, Ty Cobb and George Brett)

Amazingly, Aaron never hit more than 47 home runs in a season. Instead he was a model of consistency. He hit 40+ home runs in 8 seasons. He led the league in home runs 4 times, 3 of them were with 44 homers... maybe he should have chosen uniform number 50 or something? He led the league in hits twice and was the league batting champ twice.

(HALL OF FAME 7)
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