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Henry Aaron

Hank Aaron Hank Aaron
A great player with a laid-back personality, Aaron was for years overshadowed by the flamboyance of Wllie Mays, the gritty aggression of Frank Robinson, the elan of Duke Snider, and the incandescent brilliance of Roberto Clemente... Consistency was Aaron's hallmark. He played in the major leagues for 23 years, hitting 30 or more home runs 15 times, driving in over 90 runs 16 times, hitting over .300 14 times.  It was said that "throwing a fastball by Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster." ~ National League Most Valuable Players
Hank Aaron Home Run #715

National League MVPs
National League Most Valuable Players

by Donald Honig Bantam Books, 1989.

I Had a Hammer
I Had a Hammer

The Hank Aaron Story 
by Hank Aaron with Lonnie Wheeler, HarperCollins, 1991.



A Summer Up North
Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball
by Jerry Poling
University of Wisconsin Press, 2002

During Henry Aaron's 1952 season with the Eau Claire Bears, a Class C minor league team, the future Hall of Famer learned that he was talented enough to play ball professionally and that his skills would earn him acceptance among white middle-class baseball fans.

Jerry Poling's history of that single season is both the story of Aaron's maturation and of a Wisconsin town's love affair with its minor league baseball team.

In 1952, Aaron was an 18-year-old shortstop from Mobile, Alabama, who had never been so far from home and whose only previous experience was on all-black ballteams. He played for the Eau Claire Bears in their heyday, at a time when the 35,000 residents faithfully followed their team of prospects and filled "the lovely stone stadium nestled in tall pine trees on an island in Half Moon Lake."

Poling traces the progress of the 1952 season and places it in context with Aaron's illustrious career and the history of professional baseball in Eau Claire.

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