Some exciting Black Sports History from “slicethelife, for Black History Month.
Originally posted on slicethelife:
The great Henry Aaron turns 79 today.
Ten Notes On Hank Aaron.
1. Fifty dollars. That is all that kept the New York Giants from teaming Willie Mays with Hank Aaron. Aaron was in the Negro Leagues. He was eighteen years old. He got offers from two teams the Giants and the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves were offering $50 more. Aaron signed with the Braves. I can’t imagine what the history of baseball would have been like had Mays and Aaron played on the same team all those years.
2. Hank Aaron played in 25 All-Star Games. He was an All-Star from 1955-75 every year. He played with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1954 to 1974 before heading back to Milwaukee to finish his career where he started but with the American League Milwaukee Brewers 1975-76. Aaron hit 755 career home runs, 2297 RBI which is the major league record, 3771…
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