Friday, January 22, 2021

What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson; Hammerin' Hank has left and gone away


A friend writes:

Two stories I just heard from callers on WFAN:

1) When he retired in 1976, he was the only player left in MLB who had also played in the Negro Leagues.

2) In 1951, when he was playing for the Indianapolis Clowns, he got two offers to play in the Major Leagues, from the Boston Braves and the NY Giants. But the Braves offer was $50 more per month than the Giants, and that $50, was the difference-maker of a potential NY Giants outfield of Aaron & Willie Mays. Wow!


ranger_lp said...

Henry was the TRUE Home Run King! RIP.

YankFanBill said...

MLB should retire #44 throughout baseball.

Buhner's Ghost said...

With the recent decision to have Negro League stats accepted by MLB, I hoped Hank hit enough homers in his two seasons to pass Bonds, but sadly he hit just 5, giving him 760 to Bonds 762.

DickAllen1964 said...

“Shortly before that weekend in Cooperstown, Harmon Killebrew — a Hall of Famer with 573 career home runs — told the Columbus Dispatch, “As far as I’m concerned, Hank Aaron is the all-time home run champ and Roger Maris should still have the [single-season] record at 61, but Barry Bonds is the name you see in the record book.”


DickAllen1964 said...

And while we’re at it, put Pete in the Hall where he belongs

JM said...

Hank is the real HR champ, but he is not the greatest player ever. That's still Ruth, who dominated the game like nobody has since. When you look at his pitching and hitting stats year by year and then look at the rest of the league, it's just amazing, especially during the first five to ten years of his career.

He changed the game, set the template, and became the standard for greatness. Not that Aaron, Mays, Clemente, Mantle and the rest weren't great. But the greatest? I don't think it's a contest.

HoraceClarke66 said...

JM, I agree about The Babe.

Any tribute to Aaron is good by me. Though maybe so many guys wearing 44 is more of a tribute, hard to say.

And no to Pete in the Hall. You can't bet on the game when you're playing it.