Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (born February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player whose career lasted 23 seasons from 1954 to 1976 with the Braves organization in the National League. At Atlanta's Fulton-County Stadium on Monday, April 8, 1974, Aaron hit his 715th career home run, which put him in first place on the all-time list ahead of Babe Ruth. He finished his career with 755 home runs, a record that stood for 33 years until San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds broke it by hitting his 756th career home run on August 7, 2007.
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- Didn't come up here to read. Came up here to hit.
- Response to Yogi Berra, who told him to turn his bat around so he could see the trademark during the 1957 World Series, as quoted in Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes (2000) by Clifton Fadiman and André Bernard
- I don't want them to forget Ruth; I just want them to remember me.
- When asked how he felt breaking Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs, as quoted in Great Quotes from Great Sports Heroes (1997) by Peggy Anderson
- Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80 percent of being a successful hitter. The other 20 percent is just execution.
- As quoted in Wit & Wisdom of Baseball (1997)by Saul Wisnia, p. 46
- I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.
- As quoted in Baseball's Greatest Quotations : An Illustrated Treasury of Baseball Quotations and Historical Lore (2009) by Paul Dickson
Quotes about Aaron
- In the decades to come, the memory of the scene might blur. But the memory of the sound will remain with everyone who was here. Not the sound of the cheers, or the sound of Henry Aaron saying "I'm thankful to God it's all over," but the sound of Henry Aaron's bat when it hit the baseball tonight... At home plate, surrounded by an ovation that came down around him as if it were a waterfall of appreciation, he was met by his teammates who attempted to lift him onto their shoulders. But he slipped off into the arms of his father Herbert Sr., and his mother Estella, who had hurried out of the special box for the Aaron family near the Braves' dugout. "I never knew," Aaron would say later," that my mother could hug so tight."
- Dave Anderson of The New York Times on Aaron hitting his record-setting 715th home run, quoted in Covering the Bases: The Most Unforgettable Moments in Baseball in the Words of the Writers and Broadcasters who Were There (1997) by Benedict Cosgrove ISBN 0-811-81150-6), p. 149