MOBILE, AL - APRIL 14: Officials cut the ribbon during ceremonies opening the Hank Aaron Museum at the Hank Aaron Stadium on April 14, 2010 in Mobile, Alabama. From left: Reggie Jackson; Billye Aaron (wife of Hank Aaron); Alfredia Aaron, Hank Aaron; MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, Mobile Mayor Sam Jones. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
On this day in 1934 Henry Louis Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama. He was 18 years old when the Boston Braves signed him as an amateur free agent in 1952, but the team had moved to Milwaukee by the time he made his big league debut in 1954. From there, Aaron spent 23 years rewriting baseball's record books.
420 of Aaron's then-record 755 home runs came for Milwaukee, 398 as a Milwaukee Brave and 22 more as a Brewer. The first eleven of his 21 consecutive All Star appearances came as a Milwaukee Brave, with the last one also coming as a Brewer. During his time in Milwaukee Aaron led the NL in home runs, hits, runs and slugging percentage twice each, RBI three times, doubles four times, and won two batting titles, three Gold Gloves and the 1957 NL MVP.
Aaron, of course, left with the Braves when the team moved to Atlanta following the 1965 season, but returned to Milwaukee to finish his career in 1975 and '76. He was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1982.
Aaron turns 78 today.