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.