Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs during his illustrious Hall of Fame career.
And those who were fortunate to see him visit Wrigley Field as a member of the Braves saw a player who absolutely tormented Cubs pitching.
Henry Aaron died Friday at the age of 86. He tallied 3,771 career hits across a 23 seasons, 21 of which were All-Star years. The 1957 NL MVP winner was also known for his utter dominance at Wrigley Field:
His first home run at Clark and Addison –No. 3 on his career-- came on May 21, 1954. It was the eventual game-winning blast in a 6-4 victory for Milwaukee. He hit another one the next day.
Aaron’s final round-tripper at Wrigley came on July 7, 1974 against Rick Reuschel, earning a standing ovation from the folks at the Friendly Confines. Former Cubs manager Dusty Baker batted behind Hank that day. Baker played with Aaron for eight seasons.
The good folks at Midway Minute also point out that Hank Aaron did play at Comiskey Park, as a member of the Brewers in 1975-76. But he did not hit a home run on the South Side, one of three parks where he did not hit a home run (10 games).
Aaron’s 2,297 RBI and 6,856 career total bases are still the all-time MLB leaders in those categories.
What a legend.