Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86, and here are the three most incredible numbers from his incredible career.
On Friday morning, we lost another baseball legend in a calendar year-plus filled with such losses. Hall of Famer and one-time home run king Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86.
Aaron had a long and distinguished career, spent mostly (1954-1974) in a Braves uniform (Milwaukee and Atlanta). He was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, gaining induction in 1982. On April 8, 1974, “Hammerin’ Hank” became the all-time home run king with No. 715 of his career, passing Babe Ruth amid dealing with racism from all angles.
All told Aaron played 23 major league seasons, with his final two seasons (1975 and 1976) back in Milwaukee with the Brewers.
Any way you slice it, and whatever label you want to use, Aaron was an icon, a legend, a Hall of Famer….. But here are the most incredible statistics from his incredible playing career.
The 3 most incredible statistics from Hank Aaron’s career
3. 25 All-Star Games, 21 Years in a Row
“Wait, I though you said Aaron played 23 big league seasons?” “How could he have played in 25 All-Star Games?” Well, I have an answer.
From 1959-1962 MLB staged two All-Star games each year. In all four of those years, Aaron played in both All-Star Games. He also earned an All-Star selection every year from 1955-1975, a remarkable streak all its own spanning from his age-21 to his age-41 seasons. And he was deservingly in all but the last one or two of those years if we’re being honest.
Being elected to 25 All-Star games would require playing 25 normal seasons now, and being worthy of selection at least most of the time with the occasional delusions of fan voting in play. So Aaron’s total mark will never be touched, and the streak of 21 straight years in a Mid-Summer Classic looks untouchable as well.