Black History Athlete Of The Day: Hank Aaron

Baseball outfielder Hank Aaron was a transcendent athlete who endured the challenge of playing baseball in both the nationally known MLB and the lesser-known Negro League. After competing the Negro League for a few years, Aaron tried his hand at the MLB and signed with the Milwaukee Braves (Now Atlanta Braves) whom he played with for 21 seasons. Hank Aaron grew up in Mobile, Alabama with his siblings (One of whom, Tommie, also played in the MLB and shares a record with Hank for most homers by siblings) idolizing Jackie Robinson who had been a baseball star years prior to Hank.

While on the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves squad from the mid 50’s to mid 70’s, Hank Aaron was an all-star for all but one seasons including his 1957 season in which he received National League (NL) MVP honors while leading the Braves to their second ever World Series title. “Hammerin’ Hank” as many called him went on to win three Gold Glove awards in a row from 1958 to 1960

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