Class of 1980

Born: February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama

Category: Baseball

In 1957, with the World Championship Milwaukee Braves, Hank Aaron hit .322 in 615 at bats. That season, he scored 118 runs, batted in 132 runs, hit 27 doubles, six triples and 44 homeruns, earning the 1957 NL MVP. In the 1957 World Series he batted .393. In his 23 years of play, he passed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs with a record that was later broken by Barry Bonds. He was the National League Home Run Leader in 1957, ‘63, ‘66 and ’67. By the end of his career, Aaron had been selected to an All-Star team 25 times, which is the most by any player in MLB history. His No. 44 is retired by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.