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2021-01-22 10:32:34 AM  
More than that he was a true class act. Godspeed, king.
 
2021-01-22 10:37:46 AM  
True king indeed, in more things than just knocking the shiat out of a baseball.

RIP
 
2021-01-22 10:41:37 AM  
Futurama - Wade Boggs, goes down smooth
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2021-01-22 10:43:59 AM  
Saw his story on "Ken Burns' Baseball"; the abusive letters he received were, to say the least, disgusting.

What happened after he broke the record was beautiful.

RIP Hank, Jackie and a few others are ready to see you in the Field of Dreams.
 
2021-01-22 10:56:52 AM  
Nobody will ever legitimately break his record.  Rest in peace, sir.  And fark you, Barroid.
 
2021-01-22 10:58:48 AM  
The true home run king is dead. RIP.
 
2021-01-22 10:59:32 AM  
He's one of the few men I'll pour one out for.

He's also the owner of my favorite statistic of all time: 3016

Three thousand and sixteen hits is the number of hits Hank Aaron has IF you take away all his home runs.
 
2021-01-22 11:03:03 AM  

Rwa2play: What happened after he broke the record was beautiful.


I know you're not referring to the two white men chasing after him as he circled the bases with no security around, but looking back at that incident through today's eyes it's simply amazing how that happened and how fortunate we are that they were running to congratulate him.
 
2021-01-22 11:03:34 AM  
I was in my early teens when he broke Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta. I remember watching a game in school on TV toward the end of the 1973 season in the run-up to the record.

1974 was also memorable in Atlanta for other reasons: Reg Murphy, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was kidnapped for ransom (on Patti Hearst's 20th birthday) by a guy who called himself "the American Revolutionary Army." He later went to work for the Hearst newspapers.
 
2021-01-22 11:52:03 AM  
No asterisks necessary.
 
2021-01-22 11:52:04 AM  
A real hero. He was pure class. Rest in Peace.
 
2021-01-22 11:52:14 AM  
That's 9 Hall of Famers since March 2020. God is getting bored w/ COVID and wants to play fantasy baseball.
 
2021-01-22 11:52:31 AM  
RIP

:(
 
2021-01-22 11:53:15 AM  
Hank Aaron: Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown
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RIP vicious killer of anything over the plate
 
2021-01-22 11:53:31 AM  
Sad to hear this one. My fav Hammerin' Hank trivia:

If you took away every one of Henry Aaron's 755 home runs, he still would've finished with more than 3,000 hits.

The home run record for brothers is held by Henry (755) and Tommy (13) Aaron.
 
2021-01-22 11:53:56 AM  

bluorangefyre: Nobody will ever legitimately break his record.  Rest in peace, sir.  And fark you, Barroid.


I'll offer up a slight amendment.

If they ever lower roster sizes or place a limit on how many pitchers can play in a game, it is possible to be broken.

/But not very likely
 
2021-01-22 11:54:57 AM  
I was so excited when he broke the record.

I was a kid and loved baseball.

RIP.

:(
 
2021-01-22 11:55:05 AM  
For the full experience, Vin Scully on the call.

Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run
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2021-01-22 11:55:12 AM  
Now he plays for the Angels.  Rest in peace, sir.
 
2021-01-22 11:55:23 AM  
Its funny, I didn't get the headline at all..."whaddya mean true king, of course he's the king".  I COMPLETELY forgot that Bonds passed him...some legacy Bonds has lol
 
2021-01-22 11:56:10 AM  
Rest in Power
 
2021-01-22 11:56:46 AM  
Ok, this thread then:
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2021-01-22 11:56:52 AM  
FiL caught #715 out in the bullpen.  You can see him hand the ball back to Hank during the big gathering at home plate.  Not sure what that ball would be worth these days, but they got a TV out of it.

semi related csb:

wifey and I got married at san francisco city hall, just a couple days before bonds hit #756*.  A pic of FiL with Hank back in the day was on the front page of the paper that very morning , and I don't think the dozen or so folks reading the paper in the hallway that day had any idea who was walking by.

/end semi-related csb

//RIP Hank.  You are spoken of very highly.
 
2021-01-22 11:57:30 AM  
RIP, Cito Gaston's former roommate in college.
 
2021-01-22 11:57:43 AM  
Ahh, the good ol days...

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2021-01-22 11:58:11 AM  

Trocadero: That's 9 Hall of Famers since March 2020. God is getting bored w/ COVID and wants to play fantasy baseball.


I've got 10 if you include Lasorda

Brock
Seaver
Gibson
Al Kaline
Whitey Ford
Joe Morgan
Lasorda
Niekro
Sutton
Aaron

Then there's a smattering of other legendary names like Don Larsen, Tony Fernandez, and even Jay Johnstone of Naked Gun fame (the batter Frank Drebin pats down)
 
2021-01-22 11:59:03 AM  
One of the classiest people to ever grace the game.  Indeed, to grace our time.
RIP Hank.  Ya done good here.
 
2021-01-22 11:59:25 AM  
Barry Bonds must feel deflated.
 
2021-01-22 11:59:38 AM  
Loved Aaron, remember reading a biography about him as a kid when he still was playing, late 60's early 70's.  Missed his record breaking home run due to the farking power going out at home.  Will always be the home run king and hold the record, fark Bonds and his roid pops.

RIP Big Hitter.
 
2021-01-22 12:00:05 PM  
Listen to Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax on Hank Aaron. No higher praise is possible.

He hit .362 against Koufax. Incredible. Koufax's career opponent BA was .205.

Hammerin' Hank Aaron was not afraid to hit against Koufax. In 130 plate appearances, Aaron had a .362 batting average with 7 home runs. Koufax only struck him out 12 times while issuing 14 walks. Aaron's 42 career hits off of Koufax ranks the highest of anyone. Since he's one of the best hitters of all-time, Koufax shouldn't be too ashamed.
 
2021-01-22 12:00:26 PM  

dukeblue219: Trocadero: That's 9 Hall of Famers since March 2020. God is getting bored w/ COVID and wants to play fantasy baseball.

I've got 10 if you include Lasorda

Brock
Seaver
Gibson
Al Kaline
Whitey Ford
Joe Morgan
Lasorda
Niekro
Sutton
Aaron

Then there's a smattering of other legendary names like Don Larsen, Tony Fernandez, and even Jay Johnstone of Naked Gun fame (the batter Frank Drebin pats down)


Well, of course they needed a manager.
 
2021-01-22 12:01:47 PM  

Gubbo: bluorangefyre: Nobody will ever legitimately break his record.  Rest in peace, sir.  And fark you, Barroid.

I'll offer up a slight amendment.

If they ever lower roster sizes or place a limit on how many pitchers can play in a game, it is possible to be broken.

/But not very likely


There's always the argument that pitchers back in the day went 8/9 innings and therefore hitters padded their numbers in their 3rd and 4th ABs, and before the 50's, no one of color was playing/pitching. But there were half as many teams then as well, so your 4th guy in the rotation was pretty darn good, and there wasn't any 5th guy in the rotation.

But Aaron's record seems safe from non-steroidal users. Bonds probably had a shot even if he didn't "cheat".
 
2021-01-22 12:01:51 PM  
This is one for the Thought He Was Already Dead column
 
2021-01-22 12:02:11 PM  
My favorite Hank Aaron memory is while living in Okinawa, watching the April 8th 1974 game on a Japanese TV station and listening to Vin Scully on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The satellite delay for both were perfectly synchronized.

With Phil Niekro, Don Sutton, and now Hank, the Braves are going to have to wear long sleeves all year to fit the remembrance patches.
 
2021-01-22 12:04:04 PM  
Aww!

He may have gotten worse than Robinson as he closed on Ruth's record.

/Barry Bonds is a stain on baseball.
 
2021-01-22 12:04:09 PM  
Hammerin' Hank is my nickname for my 12 inch baseball bat shaped dildo.
 
2021-01-22 12:04:14 PM  

JerseyTim: Listen to Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax on Hank Aaron. No higher praise is possible.

He hit .362 against Koufax. Incredible. Koufax's career opponent BA was .205.

Hammerin' Hank Aaron was not afraid to hit against Koufax. In 130 plate appearances, Aaron had a .362 batting average with 7 home runs. Koufax only struck him out 12 times while issuing 14 walks. Aaron's 42 career hits off of Koufax ranks the highest of anyone. Since he's one of the best hitters of all-time, Koufax shouldn't be too ashamed.


Koufax was straight filthy, but at his peak Bob Gibson might have had the nastiest stuff ever.
 
2021-01-22 12:04:47 PM  
Also, rest in peace.
 
2021-01-22 12:04:52 PM  

Unobtanium: I was in my early teens when he broke Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta. I remember watching a game in school on TV toward the end of the 1973 season in the run-up to the record.

1974 was also memorable in Atlanta for other reasons: Reg Murphy, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was kidnapped for ransom (on Patti Hearst's 20th birthday) by a guy who called himself "the American Revolutionary Army." He later went to work for the Hearst newspapers.


I honestly didn't know Babe Ruth was a white guy until just now when it was mentioned on the radio. It never even occurred to me to ask.

But then my knowledge of Hank Aaron himself comes from one line in "Strange Brew."
 
2021-01-22 12:05:05 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: FiL caught #715 out in the bullpen.  You can see him hand the ball back to Hank during the big gathering at home plate.  Not sure what that ball would be worth these days, but they got a TV out of it.

semi related csb:

wifey and I got married at san francisco city hall, just a couple days before bonds hit #756*.  A pic of FiL with Hank back in the day was on the front page of the paper that very morning , and I don't think the dozen or so folks reading the paper in the hallway that day had any idea who was walking by.

/end semi-related csb

//RIP Hank.  You are spoken of very highly.


Tom House, former Rangers pitching coach. Tell him I said what's up.
 
2021-01-22 12:05:54 PM  

dukeblue219: Trocadero: That's 9 Hall of Famers since March 2020. God is getting bored w/ COVID and wants to play fantasy baseball.

I've got 10 if you include Lasorda

Brock
Seaver
Gibson
Al Kaline
Whitey Ford
Joe Morgan
Lasorda
Niekro
Sutton
Aaron

Then there's a smattering of other legendary names like Don Larsen, Tony Fernandez, and even Jay Johnstone of Naked Gun fame (the batter Frank Drebin pats down)


Other than probably Phil Niekro, ever player on that list would be in the $25 million a year range today.
 
2021-01-22 12:06:47 PM  

LessO2: For the full experience, Vin Scully on the call.

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Thanks, that was neat.

I've never heard that the reason for the pinstripes had to do with making the Yankees look slimmer, I wonder how accurate that is.
 
2021-01-22 12:07:35 PM  

MizzouGuy: Gubbo: bluorangefyre: Nobody will ever legitimately break his record.  Rest in peace, sir.  And fark you, Barroid.

I'll offer up a slight amendment.

If they ever lower roster sizes or place a limit on how many pitchers can play in a game, it is possible to be broken.

/But not very likely

There's always the argument that pitchers back in the day went 8/9 innings and therefore hitters padded their numbers in their 3rd and 4th ABs, and before the 50's, no one of color was playing/pitching. But there were half as many teams then as well, so your 4th guy in the rotation was pretty darn good, and there wasn't any 5th guy in the rotation.

But Aaron's record seems safe from non-steroidal users. Bonds probably had a shot even if he didn't "cheat".


The 3rd/4th time through the rotation impacts the great pitchers as well.

It's a combination of getting fatigued and batters getting used to your timings. Or at least, that's what the stats say.

But I agree, I don't think it can be broken without steroids.
 
2021-01-22 12:07:56 PM  
Truly one of the greatest baseball players ever. R.I.P.
 
2021-01-22 12:08:18 PM  
First Don Sutton and now Hammerin' Hank. 2021 is starting out as a sad one for the Braves family. Big fan here, even have a nice chunk of change tied into Braves' stock.
 
2021-01-22 12:09:23 PM  

blatz514: Ahh, the good ol days...

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Is that Bob Uecker?
 
2021-01-22 12:11:57 PM  

WoodyHayes: blatz514: Ahh, the good ol days...

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Is that Bob Uecker?


Yepper
 
2021-01-22 12:11:58 PM  
I'm very sorry to hear of his passing.  Model of consistency and the good fortune of good health while playing.  When someone this legendary dies it always seems I learn something new.  In Aaron's case...he inadvertently did something that likely led to the Monday Night Wars in wrestling by getting Bill Watts fired from WCW/Turner, though Watts said he quit first...

Hank Aaron and Bill Watts
 
2021-01-22 12:13:18 PM  

Uncle Pooky: Thank You Black Jesus!: FiL caught #715 out in the bullpen.  You can see him hand the ball back to Hank during the big gathering at home plate.  Not sure what that ball would be worth these days, but they got a TV out of it.

semi related csb:

wifey and I got married at san francisco city hall, just a couple days before bonds hit #756*.  A pic of FiL with Hank back in the day was on the front page of the paper that very morning , and I don't think the dozen or so folks reading the paper in the hallway that day had any idea who was walking by.

/end semi-related csb

//RIP Hank.  You are spoken of very highly.

Tom House, former Rangers pitching coach. Tell him I said what's up.


"YOU KNOW POOKY?!?!?!"

/not really
//not much contact with him unfortunately
 
2021-01-22 12:13:27 PM  
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