I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story

I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story

by Hank Aaron

Henry Aaron left his mark on the world by breaking Babe Ruth's record for home runs.

His unique, poignant life has made him a symbol for much of the social history of twentieth-century America.Raised during the Depression in the Deep South enclave of Mobile, Alabama, Aaron broke into professional baseball as a cross-handed slugger and shortstop for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League.

A year after that, he was a timid rookie leftfielder for the Milwaukee Braves, for whom he became a World Series hero in 1957 as well as the MostValuable Player of the National League.Aaron found himself back in the South when the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1965.

Nine years later, in the heat of hatred and controversy, he hit his 715th home run to break Ruth's and baseball's most cherished record--a feat that was recently voted the greatest moment in baseball history.

That year, Aaron received over 900,000 pieces of mail, many of them vicious and racially charged.In a career that may be the most consistent baseball has ever seen.

Aaron also set all-time records for total bases and RBIs. He ended his playing days by spending two nostalgic seasons back in Milwaukee with the Brewers, then embarked on a new career as an executive with the Atlanta Braves.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Sports and Games
  • Rating: 4.04
  • Pages: 480
  • Publish Date: April 15th 1992 by HarperTorch
  • Isbn10: 0061099562
  • Isbn13: 9780061099564

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and, of course, it follows as he chases history in the form of babe ruth's career home run record.

For many of us privileged to still be living here on this good Earth, we have never had the honor in seeing the immortal Hank Aaron play the game of baseball. The fact that millions only know of Aaron as this frail elderly man and believes that he receives a standing ovation merely because he reigned as the Home Run King for over 30 years is a travesty. Here is one of the great autobiographies produced by one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

The then-Boston Braves (coincidentally, the last team for which Babe Ruth made a major league appearance, in 1935) signed him to a minor-league contract in 1953, but they had moved to Milwaukee before he was called up in 1954. Hammer spends a good amount of time describing the segregation and racism Aaron faced during early years on Southern minor-league teams -- frequently not being allowed to stay at the hotel with the team or eat in the restaurants where they dined. One of the first African-Americans to serve in upper management of a major league team, he used his position and influence -- his "hammer" -- to work against cultural prejudices as well as the remnants of legal racism in baseball and in the Atlanta community.

I gave it 3-stars instead of 4 to distinguish it from the better The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron.

I think Hank Aaron is likely one of the greatest 5 position players to ever play the game. This is a book about one of the greatest players to ever play the game. That being said, Aaron comes off as a bitter man, a victim with few flaws, beyond reproach due to the racial injustices that he endured.

This story is about the amazing baseball player named Hank Aaron, he was most known for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record.

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron is a retired American baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned the years 1954 through 1976. In 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked Hank Aaron fifth on their list of "Greatest Baseball Players." After playing with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League and in the minor leagues, Aaron started his major league career in 1954. Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in (2,297), the most career extra base hits (1,477).