Hank Aaron

By: Myles Welnetz

Hank Aaron's early life

Hank Louis Aaron was born on February 5 1934, in Mobile Alabama. He had 7 siblings. As a child, he played baseball with a broom and a tin can. During his early life when he went to school, he played football, because the school didn't have a baseball team.

He went to Central High School and Josephine Allen Institute. As a teenager he listened to a speech Made by Jackie Robinson after a baseball game, which he attended with his dad. Then he was convinced he could make it in baseball. He had a cross handed grip on his bat at that time.

Hank Aaron's baseball career

While he was playing with the Braves he was the only black person on his team. He had to eat in a separate room and sleep in a different hotel in 1953.

Then he played for the Brewers for twenty years (1954-1974). In 1957 he hit a walk off home run and the Braves beat the NY Yankees in the World Series with Hank Aaron.

In the last two or some years he played for the Brewers again. He was considered the best hitter in the history of baseball.

In 1970 he received 3000 letters with racial slurs and death threats

In 1974 Hank Aaron he broke Babe Ruth's home run record. He hit his 715th of his career.

In 1976 he received the Springam Medal.

Hank Aaron's motto through all his years of playing baseball was : "Keep hitting, no matter what happens."