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RIP - Henry Lewis Aaron

by hobbs, San Diego, Friday, January 22, 2021, 08:58

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RiP - Larry King (guaranteed to make you laugh)

by hobbs, San Diego, Saturday, January 23, 2021, 11:10 @ hobbs
edited by hobbs, Saturday, January 23, 2021, 11:18


Guess I'm officially a crusty old guy...

by hobbs, San Diego, Friday, January 22, 2021, 14:41 @ hobbs
edited by hobbs, Friday, January 22, 2021, 14:47

I don't care what the book says Henry Aaron is the HR champ. For me its not a matter of holding on to my youth. Modern day baseball (1995-present) is completely different than the era before. The numbers are different. To me 755 Hrs in Aaron's era (1945-1994) stands as a greater accomplishment than anything in an era when 40 Hrs a year isn't a big occurrence.


Also, you know, no roids.

by IrishGuard, Friday, January 22, 2021, 15:03 @ hobbs

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He looked so vibrant during the MVP presentation

by MattG, Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:36 @ hobbs

I wonder what happened - he could have passed for being in his early 70s as of last October.

IIRC, Ernie Banks died at 83, but he seemed WAY older.

Hank seemed more "active grandpa" and less "declining great grandpa" if that makes sense. I guess things can change in a moment and some people are healthy until the last.

It was so cool that they got Hank, Chipper, Dale Murphy and Terry Pendleton to talk to Freddie over Zoom.


Amazing stat I never realized:

by KGB, Belly o. the Beast, Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:15 @ hobbs

Even if you take all of Aaron's historic 755 home runs away, he STILL would have ended his career with over 3000 hits. That's extraordinary.

I've always bucked for Ted Williams as the greatest hitter who ever lived, but Hank Aaron is not too far off. They both showed up fully-formed at age 20 (though it took Hank a year to really ascend) and terrorized the league every season in which they played for the next two decades.


Another amazing stat: he never spent a day on the DL

by Jack @, Friday, January 22, 2021, 16:11 @ KGB

in his entire career.


I was at the All-Star Game at Miller Park

by Dylan, Indianapolisish, Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:18 @ KGB

I remember two things about it. First, it ended in a tie. Second, I saw Hank Aaron with my own eyeballs. I couldn't tell you another thing.


He visited Savannah for something when I was a boy.

by Grantland, y'allywood, Friday, January 22, 2021, 13:52 @ Dylan

There was a drawing and I won a genuine Henry Aaron autographed Louisville Slugger. He handed it to me - shook my hand.

My dad later used and broke it in a fucking parish picnic softball game.

Never forgave him or the Church for that one.

I'd still have that damn bat.


It's not your fault.

by KGB, Belly o. the Beast, Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:28 @ Dylan

That was before All-Star games COUNTED. There were no stakes, so nothing worth a squirt of piss actually happened.


the call

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Friday, January 22, 2021, 09:48 @ hobbs


Man was Vin great.

by Bingo @, Fort Wayne, IN, Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:02 @ Jay

Just a perfect call.

Gonna miss The Hammer. One of the special people of this world. Really happy that he got to see Warnock win.


Hammerin' Hank. RIP!

by NDinVA @, Yorktown, VA, Friday, January 22, 2021, 09:28 @ hobbs

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A truly great man in every way. RIP Hammer

by Jack @, Friday, January 22, 2021, 09:23 @ hobbs
edited by Jack, Friday, January 22, 2021, 09:37

It's worth watching this one more time. It was a privilege to be able to watch him play. Power and grace personified.


Hank's last tweet. Setting a great example to the end

by Jack @, Friday, January 22, 2021, 11:44 @ Jack

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