Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, there are some players whose legacy stretches far beyond the world of sports. Henry “Hank” Aaron was one such player. Aaron passed away on January 22nd, but his legacy as a star both on and off the field will be remembered forever. In 1974, Aaron knocked his 715th home run out of the park, beating Babe Ruth’s forty-year record for the most career home runs. It was an historical moment in the world of baseball and while some fans celebrated Aaron’s accomplishment, others despised the fact that a Black man beat Babe Ruth’s record. Often faced with these racial biases and barriers, Aaron used these moments to speak up and fight for racial equality.
Aaron played for Major League Baseball (MLB) for twenty-three seasons, smashing records, appearing in two dozen all-star games, and winning multiple titles multiple times. After he retired from playing baseball, he worked in the front office as the vice president and director of player development for the Atlanta Braves for thirteen years.
Aaron was also known for helping kids achieve their dreams. In 1994, Aaron and his wife started the Chasing the Dream Foundation. Why? Aaron had chased his dream of becoming a professional baseball player and he wanted to help kids do the same. Since the Chasing the Dream Foundation was established, more than 350 kids have received the Dreamchaser scholarship. Thanks “Hammerin’ Hank” for always hitting a home run on and off the field. You will be remembered forever.