Night of the Hammer

April 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Hank Aaron, circa 1957

May 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

April 13, 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 [...]

The Aarons and the Uptons

April 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Hank on Prado

February 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

(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 [...]

Bravos at 40

April 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

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: [...]

We’re waiting, Bud

February 4, 2011 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Courting Hank

January 15, 2011 // 5 Comments

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. [...]

Hank: The Early Years

May 12, 2010 // 11 Comments

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 [...]

Hank on Heyward

April 6, 2010 // 10 Comments

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 [...]

Live from The Ted

April 5, 2010 // 1 Comment

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 there. And don’t worry [...]
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