“I never wanted them to forget Babe Ruth. I just wanted them to remember Hank Aaron,” Hank announced as he received his Hall of Fame award. Leading the Milwaukee Braves to their first World Series Championship in 1957 Hank Aaron was their leading hitter with a .322 batting average. Hank Aaron did not want to replace all the great baseball players like Babe Ruth and Moses Fleetwood Walker also known as Jackie Robinson. He just wanted to be known as a great player. Hank Aaron was a big contributor to American society and has a great significance in American history. Hank Aaron’s life was influenced by his youth when he had grown a major obsession with baseball. His major contributions to American society including winning the MVP award and the World Series, helped him earn his place in history as an important African American.
First, Hank Aaron, known for being one of the best players of the late 20th century, was born on February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama (Biography.com). Hank Aaron was …show more content…
Hank Aaron is important because he showed that even if you are African American you can still do great things. Hank Aaron is best known for winning the Milwaukee Braves their first World Series (A Knowledge Archive). In 1990, Hank was recognized as the best player to pick up a bat. In 1999, Congress recognized him as one of baseball’s greatest players (A Knowledge Archive). In the 1990s, Hank received the MLB’s award for best hitting record overall in the League (A Knowledge Archive). Receiving this was a great honor to Hank. Throughout his career he acquired three Gold Glove awards (Baseball Hall of Fame). Hank never thought that an African America as himself could win all of these awards in his baseball career. Hank Aaron showed great significance in American History as the best baseball player for the Milwaukee