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MAY 29 (1952) - Aaron*
By Bill Grimes
May 29, 2007 - 8:39 PM

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INDIANAPOLIS , INDIANAMAY 29, 1952 Imagine a team with 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 Boston Braves scout Dewey Griggs. The Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953.

 

The New York Giants and Braves had showed the most interest in the 19-year old from Mobile, Alabama, so he had a choice to make. Aaron was playing for the Indianapolis 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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www.retrosheet.org/
www.sportingnews.com/archives/aaron/152210.html
www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/chronology/today/MAY29.stm 



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