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Career of Hank Aaron

1954-65
Milwaukee Braves

1966-74
Atlanta Braves

1975-76
Milwaukee Brewers

1957
National League MVP

1974
Broke All-Time Home Run Record

1982
Hall of Fame Induction

About Hank Aaron

The Trail is named after one of baseball’s greatest players—Hank Aaron. A man of enormous accomplishments and integrity, Hank Aaron holds more major league batting records than anyone in history and hit 755 home runs, many of them as a Milwaukee Brave and Brewer. Hank Aaron also broke many racial and cultural barriers, and the Trail, which also connects the diverse neighborhoods of the
greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.

This image shows the monument sign near Miller Park, a tribute to Hank Aaron.

Photo: Eddee Daniel

Exhibiting an understated style that became his trademark, Hank Aaron became the all-time home run champion and established the most major league batting records via one of the most consistent offensive careers in baseball history.

His career records include most home runs (755), most runs batted in (2,297), total bases (6,856), and extra-base hits (1,477). He was also second in lifetime at bats and runs, third in games and hits, ninth in doubles, 11th in singles, and tied for 14th in years of service. He and younger brother Tommie combined for 768 home runs, the most ever by brothers in the Major Leagues. A 25-time All-Star, Hank Aaron hit over 24 home runs for 19 straight seasons, averaging 33 from 1955 through 1973. He drove in 100 runs 11 times and scored 100 runs 15 times. He won two batting titles and three Gold Gloves.

Trying to throw a fastball by Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.
— Pitcher Curt Simmons

An avid supporter of Milwaukee, Hank Aaron’s style befit the hard working and appreciative nature of the community. "Over the years, it was often said that…I would have been a much bigger star and made more money in a bigger city like Chicago or New York. That may be so, but I think… Milwaukee was perfect for me. Any player would have been fortunate to play in front of those fans. On Sundays, there might be 200 school buses parked outside the stadium. I used to take the streetcar to the park and walk right along with the fans as they came streaming down the hills and over the bridges from Story Parkway. It was something to see. In my rookie year, the Braves' initial print order for tickets was the largest ticket order in the history of the printing business. We drew 2.1 million people and broke the National League attendance record in August.“

Today, Hank Aaron is still impacting the community, lending his name and his support to the creation of the Hank Aaron State Trail. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chasing a Dream Foundation, which provides scholarships to children for pursuing their educational, vocational, and avocational dreams.

 Photo: (left to right) Mayor Barrett, Vel Philips, Bruce Keyes, Hank Aaron, Governor Doyle  Milwaukee baseball legend Hank Aaron returned to Milwaukee for the  Hank Aaron State Trail Grand Slam  to officially open his namesake trail on August 12, 2006. Hank Aaron, Governor Jim Doyle, and Mayor Tom Barrett reminisced about Hank’s early days in Milwaukee and noted how the Trail, like Hank Aaron himself, is breaking down barriers and uniting the Milwaukee community.

Photo: (left to right) Mayor Barrett, Vel Philips, Bruce Keyes, Hank Aaron, Governor Doyle

Milwaukee baseball legend Hank Aaron returned to Milwaukee for the Hank Aaron State Trail Grand Slam to officially open his namesake trail on August 12, 2006. Hank Aaron, Governor Jim Doyle, and Mayor Tom Barrett reminisced about Hank’s early days in Milwaukee and noted how the Trail, like Hank Aaron himself, is breaking down barriers and uniting the Milwaukee community.