Hank Aaron attends the Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field on May 15, 2011, in Atlanta.
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Here is a look at the life of Baseball Hall of Fame player Hank Aaron.


Birth date: February 5, 1934

Death date: January 22, 2021

Birth place: Mobile, Alabama

Birth name: Henry Louis Aaron

Father: Herbert Aaron

Mother: Estella (Pritchett) Aaron

Marriages: Billye Williams (1973-January 22, 2021, his death); Barbara Lucas (1953-1971, divorced)

Children: with Billye Williams: adopted her daughter, Ceci; with Barbara Lucas: Dorinda, twins Lary and Gary (Gary died in the hospital), Hank Jr. and Gaile

Other Facts

Statistics in his 23-season career include 3,771 hits, 755 home runs and a batting average of .305.

Selected for 25 Major League Baseball All-Star games.

Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank.”

The Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers have both retired his jersey number, 44.

His brother, Tommie, was also a MLB player.

Won three Gold Glove awards.


1951 - Begins playing for the Negro American League’s Indianapolis Clowns.

April 13, 1954 - Makes his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Braves.

1954-1965 - Plays for the Milwaukee Braves.

April 23, 1954 - Hits his first Major League home run when the Braves play the St. Louis Cardinals.

1957 - The Milwaukee Braves win the World Series. Aaron is named National League MVP.

1966 - The Milwaukee Braves become the Atlanta Braves.

1966-1974 - Plays for the Atlanta Braves.

April 8, 1974 - Breaks Babe Ruth’s record with his 715th home run during a home game.

1974-1976 - Plays for the Milwaukee Brewers.

July 20, 1976 - Hits his final home run (755).

October 3, 1976 - Plays his final game.

1976-1989 - Becomes director of player development for the Atlanta Braves.

August 1, 1982 - Is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1989-2021 - Senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

1995 - Founds the 755 Restaurant Corporation, which operates multiple fast food franchises in Georgia.

1999 - In honor of the 25th anniversary of his home run record, MLB announces the creation of the Hank Aaron Award, to be given to the best overall hitter in each league.

2002 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

August 7, 2007 - Barry Bonds, of the San Francisco Giants, surpasses Aaron’s record with 756 home runs.

April 25, 2009 - The permanent exhibit, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, opens at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. There are only two exhibits that honor a single player; the other is for Babe Ruth.

February 13, 2010 - Is inducted as a Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society.

April 14, 2010 - The Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum opens in Mobile, Alabama.

January 14, 2016 - Is presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, one of Japan’s highest honors, for his work with the World Children’s Baseball Fair.

January 12, 2017 - The Atlanta Braves announce that their new stadium, SunTrust Park, will feature a bronze statue of Aaron, along with other decorations to honor his career. An older statue of him at the Braves’ former ballpark, Turner Field, will remain at the site rather than move to the new venue.

January 22, 2021 - It is announced that Aaron has died at age 86.