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A true legend has left the mortal world and we are all the poorer for it.   But at the same time, we are blessed to have had him for all those years. RIP Hank Aaron.

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OMG, how did I miss this news all day?   The way Aaron conducted himself as he was chasing Ruth’s record while facing all kinds of racial insults and death threats by various ignorant people was really admirable.    

My favorite story about Hammerin’ Hank is that during an at bat a catcher pointed out to him that the label of his bat was facing the wrong way and “you’re supposed to be able to read the label.”    To which he replied, “I didn’t come up here to read.”
 

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I saw on MLB last night he also integrated the South Atlantic League in 1953.

I knew passing the Babe was early in the season, but this was really my first time skimming B-Ref, appreciating he ended his Age 39 1973 only just down by 714-713.   Of course, he had just had a 40 HR season and >1.000 OPS, so yeah, pretty good chance.

Been a long time but I think I heard a story as a kid that he batted wrong handed when he first started playing, but had strong enough wrists he could manage anyway.

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7 hours ago, OrioleDog said:

 

I saw on MLB last night that aaron also integrated the South Atlantic League in 1953.

I knew that passing the Babe occurred early in the season, but this was really my first time skimming B-Ref, appreciating that he ended his Age 39 season 1973 only just down by 714-713. Of course, he had just had a 40-HR season and a 1.000 OPS, so yeah, pretty good chance.

It's been a long time, but I think I heard a story that as a kid that he batted cross-handed when he first started playing, but had strong enough wrists he could manage anyway.

 

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Correct. 

Aaron was still batting cross-handed when he started playing professional baseball for the Indianapolis Clowns, in 1952. He was 18 years-old at the time. When the Milwaukee Braves sent a scout to watch him play in a game while he was playing for Indianapolis, the scout recommended that he switch the positions of his hands ...... Aaron heeded the scout's advice and changed the position of his hands on the bat, hit 2 home runs in that game, and the rest is history.

 

 

Hank Aaron bobblehead - batting cross-handed - Negro Leagues History

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