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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. iowagator

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    If if were--that would be one heck of a lineup from just the last year!!
     
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  2. oneatatime

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    The Field of Dreams!!!
     
  3. thatguy

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    I saw Henry Aaron play in Atlanta in the early 70's. He was in the outfield about 50 feet from me. I kept yelling "Henry!" After about 10 times he looked over at me and tipped his cap. I'll never forget it.
     
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  4. Crusher

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    We always sat in the L field bleachers not to far from Chief Nokahoma's tee-pee in case he launched one into the seats. It was never crowded in those days. Got to chase a few of his HR balls, but never got one :(
     
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  5. recongator

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    Mr Aaron was a class act and a huge role model for kids of my generation. I never heard anything negative about him and he always carried himself with dignity. God bless you Mr Aaron, you will be missed
     
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  6. reptilenation

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    I saw him at an exhibition game in Savannah too. I believe his brother was there too. We were living at the Base in Beaufort so had to be early 70s.
     
  7. wargunfan

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    I first saw Aaron on black and white TV when he played for the Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium. Hank Aaron was a tremendous representative for the sport in every way.Those were better days to be an American and a baseball fan. RIP Hank.
     
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  8. Gatorologist

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    I was 7 and 3/4 years old when he became the current HR king. Back when I enjoyed BB. RIP and to hell with the rest!
     
  9. mkfgator

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    Hank Aaron was one of my first great baseball heroes, along with Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays and Mantle. But Hank was especially special bc we were all Braves fans back then, plus Hank played in my home town and his grandmom lived here in Jax too. My dad worked in a grocery store he and my grandfather bought that was a block away from Hank's grandmother. My dad used to tell me she actually baby sat me when I was a baby when my mom had to help my dad in the store. May he rest in peace. Great player and person. Baseball needs more Hank Aarons.
     
  10. Crusher

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    Hank grew up in Mobile...I never knew that he had family in Jax. My Great-Uncle, who had a corner store in Toulminville, said he used to come in his store when he was a kid.
     
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  11. mkfgator

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    For all I know , my dad could have been BS ing me about the baby sitting part, but people in that area still talk about his grandmother being there. Hank played for the old Jacksonville Tars. I honestly don't know if it was a farm team or a Negro league team. There is a nice stadium and they built housing for the players, called Durkeeville. The field is or at least used to be the home filed for Stanton Prep High School. They have a very small museum for the Negro League players there. I remember the Monday night when Hank hit the home run to break Babe's record. The wild thing is Hank Aaron was not a big guy. Maybe weighed 180 or 175 pounds.
     
  12. justinwitt07

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    That’s one of the first memories I have as a child. We’d sit behind home plate and there’d be dozens of people packed in the stadium , man we were bad.
     
  13. justinwitt07

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    By all accounts he was an absolutely beautiful man