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Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron In his prime, Aaron was a five-tool player: he could hit, hit for power, run, throw, and field. He led the National League in no fewer than twelve different offensive categories. The former negro leaguer won two batting titles and had a power stroke but a great eye. He was a contact hitter who also hit home runs.

After his playing career, Aaron transitioned into the front office, pioneering important roles in the game for African Americans. When Barry Bonds broke his home run mark, Aaron was graceful in handing out congratulations while also distancing himself from the controversy over the role that steroids played in the new record.

Despite the hullabaloo over his 715th home run, Aaron insisted that the biggest moment in his career came in 1957 when he hit the home run that clinched the first pennant for the Braves in Milwaukee. It came on September 23, at County Stadium against the Cardinals. The game was tied at two, when in the 11th, Milwaukee shortstop Johnny Logan singled with one out. One batter later Aaron strode to the plate to face St. Louis reliever Billy Muffett. Aaron hit a waist-high fastball to center field, a high fly that soared over the wall and into the stands for a two-run, walkoff homer. The victory clinched the pennant and set off a celebration in County Stadium. A few weeks later, Milwaukee won Game Seven of the World Series to become champions of baseball. The pennant-clinching homer was only the 109th of Aaron's young career (he went on to hit 646 more) but it was his most memorable.