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Hank Aaron

Data de nascimento: 5. Fevereiro 1934


Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron é um jogador do beisebol norte-americano aposentado e membro do Salão da fama do Beisebol. Em sua carreira fez 755 home runs, passando a marca anterior de 714 feitos por Babe Ruth, apesar dele ter uma carreira mais longa. Aaron é o segundo maior batedor de home run da história, sendo superado apenas por Barry Bonds, que alcançou o home run de número 756 em 7 de agosto de 2007.

Nascido no Alabama numa região muito pobre, começou jogando nas ligas negras de beisebol até chegar no Milwaukee Braves em 1954. Aaron foi alvo de racistas enquanto tentava bater o recorde de Baby Ruth, mas isso não o impediu de em 8 de abril de 1974 bater seu 715° home run diante de 53.775 pessoas em Atlanta, Georgia.

== Referências ==

1000 maiores esportistas do século 20. São Paulo: Três, 1996.

Citações Hank Aaron

„I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious.“

—  Hank Aaron
Context: 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


„Hello, Stonefingers.“

—  Hank Aaron
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)


—  Hank Aaron
When asked who was the last player as good as César Cedeño to come into the league, as quoted in "Cedeno Is No. 1 in Baseball" by United Press Interntional, in The Bonham Daily Favorite (July 30, 1972)

„Didn't come up here to read. Came up here to hit.“

—  Hank Aaron
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

„There wasn't any pitcher I felt I couldn't get a hit off.“

—  Hank Aaron
As quoted in The Greatest Team of All Time: As Selected by Baseball's Immortals, from Ty Cobb to Willie Mays (1994), compiled by Nicholas Acoccella and Donald Dewey, p. 3

„Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80 percent of being a successful hitter. The other 20 percent is just execution. The mental aspects of hitting were especially important to me. I was strictly a guess hitter, which meant I had to have a thorough knowledge of every pitcher I came up against and develop a strategy for hitting him. My method was to identify the pitches a certain pitcher had and eliminate all but one or two and then wait for them. One advantage I had was quick wrists. Another advantage—and one that all good hitters have—was my eyesight. Sometimes I could read the pitcher's grip on the ball before he ever released it and be able to tell what pitch he was throwing. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them.“

—  Hank Aaron
From I Had a Hammer (1990) by Aaron, with Lonnie Wheeler; as reproduced in Hank Aaron (2007) by Jamie Poolos, p. 48


„I'm not trying to make anyone forget the Babe; but only to remember Hank Aaron.“

—  Hank Aaron
When asked how he felt breaking Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs, as quoted in "I Just Want People to Remember Hank Aaron" by Tom Saladino (AP), in The Mexia Daily News (July 27, 1974)

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