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Today In Brewer History: Aaron's Only MVP

On this day in 1957 Milwaukee Brave Hank Aaron won the NL MVP for the first and only time.

Scott Cunningham

Hank Aaron played 23 major league seasons and was named to 21 All Star teams. He led the NL in home runs and slugging four times each, hits twice, won a pair of batting titles and even picked up three Gold Gloves. But somehow, in his remarkable career, Hank Aaron was only the NL MVP one time.

On this day in 1957 the BBWAA gave the award to Aaron after a season where he hit .322/.378/.600 and led the NL with 44 home runs, 132 RBI and 118 runs scored. He won the award despite splitting the vote with two other teammates (Red Schoendienst and Warren Spahn) in the top five and Stan Musial, who hit .351/.422/.612 but appeared in 17 fewer games.

Aaron went on to finish in the top five in MVP voting again in 1958, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1969 and 1971 but never won the award again.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to Milwaukee native and 1997-98 Brewer Paul Wagner. He turns 44.

On this day in 1985 the Brewers released closer Rollie Fingers, ending his major league career. We covered that event in this space last year.