Night of the Hammer

Tonight’s all about Bad Henry. Not much left to say, but here are some essential facts about Number 44, excerpted from a terrific 2007 SI profile by Tom Verducci. While [...]

April 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

Hank Aaron, circa 1957

Hank, just 23, hit .322 that year with 44 HR, 132 RBI, 57 BB and just 58 K’s. The Hammer  never struck out 100 times in a season. He also had a .500 slugging [...]

May 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Fifty-nine years ago today, Hank Aaron made his big league debut with the Milwaukee Braves. The [...]

April 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Aarons and the Uptons

Last night marked the first time in 51 years a player hit a walk-off homer in the same game that his brother homered. On July 12, 1962, the Braves entered the 9th inning [...]

April 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

Hank on Prado

(via DOB) “You hate to lose Prado. He was one of my (favorites). I mean, to me, I think you’ve got to go a long ways in order to beat him, to find somebody who can [...]

February 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bravos at 40

Happy birthday to Chipper, one of the few players to reach his 40th while playing for the Braves. We’ll be happy if he matches the Hammer’s output at 40: [...]

April 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

We’re waiting, Bud

Two years ago Bud told USA Today he was considering reinstating Hank as baseball’s home run king in the record book. Do it, Bud, and I’ll never call you the Used [...]

February 4, 2011 // 2 Comments

Courting Hank

Great piece by Howard Bryant on the role of professional sports in a changing Atlanta: When the Braves began preparations to move south, cultivating Henry Aaron was a key. C. [...]

January 15, 2011 // 5 Comments

Hank: The Early Years

Anticipation of Henry‘s arrival in the spring of 1954 was heightened by the fact that no one, apart from the Milwaukee scouts, minor-league personnel, and occasionally [...]

May 12, 2010 // 11 Comments

Hank on Heyward

The legendary Atlanta Braves slugger told The Associated Press Tuesday that Heyward, who is black, “can mean an awful lot to what ails baseball.” Aaron says there [...]

April 6, 2010 // 10 Comments

Live from The Ted

Pearl will be there in spirit I just got back from Turner Field, interviewing early arrivals for the local organ. One piece of advice: wear shorts. It feels like mid-June out [...]

April 5, 2010 // 1 Comment

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