As we look at the career of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron [Full name Henry Louis Aaron] who died at age 86 on Friday 22nd January 2021, here are some Hank Aaron Quotes to motivate you.
Hank Aaron was a renowned slugger whose 755 career home runs in Baseball long stood as the game’s golden mark.
Aaron’s former team, The Atlanta Braves said in a press release, that Aaron died peacefully in his sleep. They have not released his cause of death to the press as of the time of this report.
Aaron still holds major league records for RBIs (2,297), total bases (6,856) and extra-base hits (1,477), and he ranks among MLB’s best in hits (3,771, third all-time), games played (3,298, third), and runs scored (2,174, fourth). He achieved all these milestones as one of Baseball’s greatest icons despite playing for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves during a major league Baseball career that spanned from 1954 to 1976,
Hank Aaron achieved his incredible power-hitting record amid hate and death threats from individuals who never wanted a Black man to break the incredible record of Babe Ruth.
Hank Aaron Quotes
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80 percent of being a successful hitter. The other 20 percent is just execution.
Hank Aaron in 1974, the year he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.
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 the July 31, 1956 issue of The Milwaukee Journal; reproduced in Baseball’s Greatest Quotations : An Illustrated Treasury of Baseball Quotations and Historical Lore (2009) by Paul Dickson, p. 2
I like those lefties, but when you’re hitting, all pitchers look alike. I don’t care too much who’s throwing or what he throws. When my timing is off, I have trouble; when it ain’t, I don’t.As quoted in “Aaron Turns Bad Pitches Into Base-Hits” by Cleon Walfoort, in The Sporting News (June 26, 1957)
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
Hello, Stonefingers. Greeting his powerful but defensively challenged colleague, Dick Stuart (and thus coining Stu’s new nickname in the process), on August 5, 1963, just prior to the annual Hall-of-Fame exhibition game; as quoted in “Stuart Ranks Next to Foxx” by Harold Kaese, in The Boston Globe (August 16, 1963)
He was my favorite hitter. He could do almost anything he wanted to do at bat. He was a scientific hitter. I’ve seen him deliberately go for the home run late in a game and get it. Even if it meant pulling an outside pitch, he’d pull because he’d made up his mind to do it. Another thing I liked about him was the power he generated when he hit the ball between the infielders. This is a sure sign of a great hitter. On Stan Musial, as quoted in “The Scoreboard: Braves’ Aaron Among Best of Bargains” by Les Biederman, in The Pittsburgh Press(August 30, 1967).
Tributes roll in for late Hank Aaron
Georgia Governor. Brian Kemp spoke on behalf of the Aaron family.
“Our family is heartbroken to hear the news of Hank Aaron’s passing… Hank Aaron was an American icon and one of Georgia’s greatest legends. His life and career made history, and his influence was felt not only in the world of sports but far beyond — through his important work to advance civil rights and create a more equal, just society.
We ask all Georgians to join us in praying for his fans, family, and loved ones as we remember Hammerin’ Hank’s incredible legacy.”
Commissioner of Major League Baseball Robert Manfred Jr. recalled his harmony with late Hank Aaron as “one of the greatest honors of my life” and hailed “Hank’s impact on our sport and the society.”
“Hank Aaron is near the top of everyone’s list of all-time great players,
His monumental achievements as a player were surpassed only by his dignity and integrity as a person. Hank symbolized the very best of our game, and his all-around excellence provided Americans and fans across the world with an example to which to aspire.
His career demonstrates that a person who goes to work with humility every day can hammer his way into history — and find a way to shine like no other.”
Hank Aaron, known as “Hammer” or “Hammerin’ Hank,” was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 following an illustrious MLB career highlighted by 755 home runs.
His career record stood for over 30 years after he famously broke Ruth’s long-standing home run record on April 8, 1974, hitting his 715th homer at home in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.https://unkleaboki.com/2020/11/diego-maradona-dies-at-60-argentina/
Hank Aaron revealed that, as he was chasing Ruth’s record, he got daily taunts at ballparks, received threats on his life, and was sent thousands of pieces of racist hate mail. He said he didn’t read most of the mail but kept some as a reminder.