HAMMERIN’ HANK AARON AND THE SOX

Hank Aaron, the home run king, turned 83 on Sunday.

In 1973 or 1974, I wrote Hank in care of the Atlanta Braves requesting an autograph. The picture above is the result.

I probably did think much of it at the time because I got a lot of these postcards.

In hindsight, this was a big deal: The future all-time home run leader, who was the best player in the game at the time, fulfilled an autograph request.

Here are a few nuggets about Hank and the White Sox:

*Aaron faced 22 teams in his Hall of Fame career. The Sox were the only team Hank did NOT victimize with a homer.

*Aaron did not homer in three of the 34 parks in which he played: Comiskey Park (10 games), Yankee Stadium (five games) and Roosevelt (N.J.) Stadium (two games).

*Aaron posted the last of his 96 triples against the White Sox. In the first inning of a Sox doubleheader sweep on July 20, 1975, Aaron  tripled for the final time (off Claude Osteen)

*Aaron went 1-for-4 in his first career appearance against the White Sox in the White Sox 4-2 win at Milwaukee on May 26, 1975. … Aaron went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his final appearance against the White Sox on Aug. 27, 1976. Hank singled home Robin Yount with an eighth-inning single off Ken Kravec in his final at bat vs. the Sox in Milwaukee. The Sox won, 5-2.

*Aaron went 1-for-3 with an eighth-inning single off Goose Gossage in his Comiskey Park debut as the Brewers’ designated hitter in a White Sox 1-0 loss on June 9, 1975. … Aaron went 0-for-2 with two walks in his final appearance at Comiskey Park in a 5-3 Sox win on July 15, 1976.

 

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