Bat used by Hank Aaron in the 1957 All-Star Game
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- Aaron, Hank
- Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
- This bat was used by Hank Aaron in the 1957 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
- Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron (b.1934) first began playing professional baseball as a teenage shortstop for the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns.
- Aaron joined Major League Baseball in 1952, signing a contract with the National League’s Milwaukee Braves. Aaron played right-field for the Braves for almost the entirety of major league tenure, following the club in its move to Atlanta in 1966. In 1975 he returned to Milwaukee as a member of the city’s new team, the Brewers, for his final season.
- On April 8, 1974, Aaron hit his record setting 715th home run, besting the mark set by Babe Ruth, who last set the record in 1935. Finishing his career with 755, “The Hammer” was baseball’s home run king until 2007, when he was overtaken by Barry Bonds.
- Aaron’s on-field exploits fill baseball’s record books. Finishing his career with a .305 batting average, the 25 time all-star still holds records for most total bases (6,856) and RBI (2,297.) Besides being second in all-time home runs, Aaron is currently third all-time in hits (3,771) and in games played (3,298.)
- Aaron dealt with racism throughout his career. As he neared Ruth’s mark, he received thousands of letters daily, much of it hate mail, including threats to his life. In 1976, Aaron was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP for outstanding achievement by an African American. Inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush in 2002.
- Currently not on view
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- Thomas Tull
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- baseball bat
- bat, baseball
- Physical Description
- wood (overall material)
- overall: 34 1/2 in x 2 in; 87.63 cm x 5.08 cm
- place made
- United States: Kentucky, Louisville
- Associated Place
- United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
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