Greatest Brave of Them All Turning 80

Henry Louis Aaron turns 80 on Wednesday. Steve Hummer wrote a nice piece on ajc.com to mark the occasion.

It’s not the definitive Aaron story, but it includes some good nuggets, including these:

Note to the generations of fans who never witnessed Aaron in a uniform: He did more than hit a baseball into the seats. He ranks third all-time in number of hits. First in RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases. Fourth in runs. Had three Gold Gloves.

…..Aaron hit more home runs off Drysdale (17) than any other pitcher. He hit .362 vs. Koufax, with a .647 slugging percentage. Had eight home runs and hit .288 lifetime against Marichal. He nicked Gibson for eight homers despite hitting just .215 off him. Hall of Famers all.

Happy Birthday, Hammer. You are and always will be The Greatest Brave of Them All.

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4 Comments on Greatest Brave of Them All Turning 80

  1. RJR Squeeze // February 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm //

    Still underrated. Never understood how you could amass a career like that and not get more recognition, but Hank did. Happy birthday, 44. We love you.

  2. pepefreeus // February 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm //

    I advocate for him all the time on various boards and generally get patted on the head and told to shut up while the grownups talk.

    People are dumb.

  3. Jack Straw // February 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm //

    Those Gold Gloves are significant considering who else was playing the outfield in the National League back them.

  4. Without a doubt the best of all time

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