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Hank Aaron goes to the old ballpark in the sky

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by g8orbill, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. g8orbill

    g8orbill Old Gator Moderator VIP Member

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  2. Claygator

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    What an iconic ball player. IMO, he was the greatest. He did it with class and dignity, and without steroids.

    I'm talking to you Barry Bonds.
     
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  3. kwhitehead92

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    The true home run king. An incredible ball player and more importantly, an incredible person.
     
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  4. 32250Gator

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    The true home run record holder !
     
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  5. shelbygt350

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    Mantle. Aaron. Mays. Snider. Only the Say Hey Kid is left.
     
  6. ApexNC

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    One of the greatest of the greats. I'm happy to say that I saw him hit 2 homers back in the day. I was 4, so I don't remember it, but I was there! May he rest in peace
     
  7. savannahgator5220

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    RIP Hank. As a young boy you were about 10 feet from me at an exhibition game in Savannah. I have never been as awestruck as that.
    Watching the media this morning talking about BB alleged steroid use. Good heavens how much more evidence do you need?
    Aaron is the all time home run king. Period.
     
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  8. gtr2x

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    Damn, just heard on the news.
    My favorite player growing up and why I was a Braves fan as a little kid. The first article I recall reading was about the 57/58 Braves and their WS battles with the Yanks Certainly not a big guy by today's standards, but he could do it all. He hit for power and average, fielded and could steal a base and did it all with class.
     
  9. rpmGator

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    Went to a double header between the Braves and Cincinnati back in Hanks time

    One game the ball was carried over the right field fence by Hank and the Reds won both games

    Came away from the game loving Pete Rose and the entire Cincy team
     
  10. CadGator

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    Loved Hank, no controversy and down to earth.
    As real as they come!!!
     
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  11. gatorranger7

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    An athlete beyond comparison. As much as Jackie Robinson, Henry Aaron endured racist reactions from fans and even sports writers back in a time when such behavior was more common. He was as noble and above-it as we could have asked.
     
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  12. blueridgegator

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    Years ago, I talked to a person who had gotten to triple A ball but gotten no further and went into another field. His major reflection was of Aaron's ability and skill as a batter even before Aaron was elevated to the majors. Said it was amazing and all knew he would be a star in the majors. As for myself, as a Phillies fan of some age, I can remember he was the most feared of opponent
     
  13. CadGator

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    Bonds, an absolute P.O.S.!!!!
    Just my HUMBLE opinion!
     
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  14. TrueGator

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    Was said to have hit cross-handed (wrong hand on top) early on, which had the unintended benefit of increasing his wrist strength. I kept the newspaper articles for years that chronicled his chase for the record. Hammerin' Hank is the homerun king. Barry Bonds tarnished the record books.
     
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  15. 62gator

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  16. eastowest

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    Living in Pensacola... I was always amazed that Mobile,Alabama(400,00 people) have 5 HOF.
    Henry Aaron
    Willie Mccovey
    Satchel Paige
    Ozzy Smith
    Billy Williams
    Only New York and Los Angeles have more.
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  17. dadx4

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    Greatest of all time if you ask me and yes the true homerun king.
     
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  18. Claygator

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    Baseball was huge in the day. We all played it. It didn't require a lot of equipment or money, and little leagues and babe ruth leagues were loaded with kids. It was a greater integrator of blacks and whites in the '60's imo.

    In elementary school and junior high, they would take us to the cafeteria so we could watch the world series on tv. If you didn't watch, you were downright un-american, and most likely a communist.
     
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  20. The_Graygator

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    Remember him as a kid. God bless him.

    Baseball is mostly crap nowadays, as are most pro sports imo, but Aaron brought a magic to baseball and did more for MLB than most.

    I basically stopped watching the sport after Call Ripken Jr.'s retirement.
     
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