ATLANTA — Hank Aaron, one of Major League Baseball’s signature icons for all time turned 86 on Wednesday.
He wasn’t just a force on the field, but an activist for change.
Aaron broke into the major leagues at 20 years old (Milwaukee Braves) and required very little time to assimilate to The Show, batting .280 as a rookie (1954) and then belting 27 homers the following season.
In fact, from 1955-73, Aaron accounted for 700 of 755 home runs, including eight different turns of 40-plus dingers during this period.
And on April 8, 1974, amid the dawn of a new season, Aaron’s moon shot off Dodgers pitcher Al Downing surpassed Babe Ruth’s all-time mark of 714 homers – one of the most regaled replays in baseball history.
However, those fears weren’t realized, with Aaron (a Mobile, Alabama native who had his first tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers at age 15) setting the record at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Aaron (lifetime numbers: .305 average, 3,771 hits, 2,297 RBI) has nearly every individual/team accolade…