Two stats that prove The Hammer is the greatest

July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bad Henry would have passed 3,000 hits even if he had never hit a home run. Give any of the all-time greats — Ruth, Mays, Ted Williams, Musial, Bonds — an extra 180 home runs and they still wouldn’t have more total bases than Aaron. No one was more consistent. Hank batted .303 [...]

Happy birthday Hammer!

February 5, 2015 // 5 Comments

To celebrate, here’s Henry’s 714th, featuring Gerald Ford, Bowie Kuhn and Milo Hamilton, who doesn’t let Ernie Sr. speak a word about his former teammate’s heroic [...]

Hank tribute falls as flat as Braves bats

April 8, 2014 // 10 Comments

Remember the 20th anniversary of the ’91 season? Probably not, because the Braves barely made mention of it. Tonight’s ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of Number 715 was equally lacking. Of course it was great to hear from Bad Henry, but it would’ve been cool if teammates [...]

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 he was born in a section of town referred to as “Down the Bay,” he spent most of his youth in Toulminville. [...]

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 percentage every year until age 40 — with the exception of his rookie season and again in 1968, when he finished at [...]

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 trailing the Cards 6-3. With one out, Tommie Aaron, pinch-hitting for Claude Raymond, went deep to close the gap to 2 runs. The [...]

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 play all the positions as well as he plays them. To bring what he brings to the clubhouse, and the way he plays the game. To [...]

Speed is to steroids as pot is to heroin

January 13, 2013 // 13 Comments

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post is an idiot, as evidenced in this exchange with John Schuerholz. KD : I have one question, one challenging question for you. You know how much I respect you, but one thing I’ve read that irks me a little. I think you’ve had some ceremonies where the [...]

The Hammer never missed a nail

December 8, 2012 // 5 Comments

There was never a more consistent performer than Henry Aaron. He was the Bizarro Uggla. Hank hit .306 vs. left-handed starters, .305 vs right-handed starters, .303 at home and .306 on the road — with slugging percentages above .500 in each situation. For his career he never hit lower than [...]

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: .268-20-69 in 112 games, with a .341 OBP and .491 slugging percentage. The year before Aaron homered 40 times with a 1.045 OPS. Julio [...]

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 Car Salesman again. Speaking of Bad Henry, he had a .362 BA in 17 postseason games, with 6 homers, 16 RBI and a 1.116 OPS. [...]

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. Miles Smith, president of the local NAACP, met with Henry, asking him to soften his rhetoric about not wanting to return to [...]

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 the owner, Lou Perini, or the general manager, John Quinn, had actually ever seen him play. He was famous, mostly, in the [...]

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 are too few African-American players in the game. He also says there is a growing excitement about Heyward in [...]

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 about missing the National Anthem unless you’re a Travis Tritt fan. Finally, it’s your duty as Braves fans to [...]

The Hammer tossing out first pitch

April 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

Good news: according to the local organ’s man, Henry Louis Aaron will throw the ceremonial first pitch today. So kudos to the Bravos brass for that. That nugget was part of one of the beat scribe’s better efforts, an ode to the grand old game. Predictions for today: of course, the home [...]
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