MAY 29, 1952
Imagine a team
Willie Mays in center and
Hank Aaron right. It almost
happened. But on this day in baseball, according to http://www.baseballlibrary.com/,
Henry Aaron, signed with
Braves scout Dewey Griggs. The Braves
Giants and Braves had showed the most
interest in the 19-year old from
so he had a choice to make. Aaron was playing for the
Clowns of the Negro American League at
the time. He chose the Braves because he thought he had a better chance of
making the team. The rest is history.
Aaron didn’t play high school baseball, but started playing
for semi-pro teams when he was 15. He was signed by the Indianapolis Clowns at
the age of 17.
Aaron was the epitome of consistency. Though he holds the
record for most home runs in a career, he was really more a “pure hitter” than
a “slugger.” He never hit more than 50 home runs in a season, but he’s the only
player to hit at least 30 home runs in 15 seasons, as well as the only player
to hit at least 20 home runs for 20 seasons in a row.
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