HAMMERIN’ HANK AARON AND THE SOX

Hank Aaron, the home run king, was born on this day in 1934.

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.

What a class act!

Here are a few nuggets about Hank and the White Sox@soxnerd style!

*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 was 0-for-9 against White Sox pitching in All-Star Games.

Early Wynn held Aaron hitless in three at bats (one in 1959 and two in 1960) while Billy Pierce, Gerry Staley, Ray Herbert, Juan Pizarro, Eddie Fisher and Gary Peters each got him once.

Pierce was the only Sox pitcher fan Aaron, getting him in the 1957 game (which was the first time Aaron faced a Sox pitcher in the Mid-Summer Classic).

*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.

*Aaron was not on hand for the Old-Timers Game prior to the 1983 All-Star Game at Comiskey Park, according to the Chicago Tribune reports on the event.

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