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RIP HAMMERIN’ HANK

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by GatorNorth, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. GatorNorth

    GatorNorth Premium Member Premium Member

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    passed today at 86.

    Sat behind him on a flight from ATL to LA about 3 years ago. I was going to a conference and he was going to the first game of the WS.

    What a gentleman, and a gentle man. Despite facing racism that most of us can hardly comprehend.

    The idols of my youth all dying off one by one this past year. Seaver. Gibby. Niekro. Hammer.
     
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  2. FLfan

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    RIP. Legend.
    So sorry to hear this.
     
  3. Gatorhead

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    NOOOOOO

    I still remember 714!
     
  4. iowagator

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    715 was a wonderful shot!
     
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  5. GatorNorth

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    Knucksie, Niekro amd Hank within 3 weeks.

    Tough month for the Bravos.
     
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  6. Gatorhead

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    I enjoyed watching Niekro with that crazy knuckleball.
    He humiliated hitters with that 40 MPH air ball! lol
     
  7. GatorNorth

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    Read earlier that if you took away everyone oh Aaron’s 755 home runs her still have > 3000 hits.

    Most forget what an all around player he was.
     
  8. AzCatFan

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    Was a Braves Spring Training game back in WPB in the mid to late 80s during the lean years, and about two rows up to our left was Hammerin Hank. I was around 14 or 15 at the time, and at the game with just my Dad, who was truly star struck and speechless. I said loud enough something like, "Is that really Hank Aaron," so he'd turn around, and he gave us a nod and a smile, and my Dad actually muttered something like, "Best hitter I ever saw." We let him be the rest of the game, but it was a really cool father-son moment I'll never forget. Aaron was recognized by a few other people, and he was patient, gracious, and a true gentleman.
     
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  9. phatGator

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    Had his BB card once. RIP!
     
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  10. wgbgator

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    Tommy Lasorda too (though not a Braves guy). Legend none the less.
     
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  11. orangeblue_coop

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    A legend who helped break barriers. RIP to him.
     
  12. dangolegators

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    I was at a little league game when word came that he'd broke the record. One of those moments you remember forever.
     
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  13. mutz87

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    The world lost one of the greatest. RIP Hank.
     
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  14. VAg8r1

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    As far as I'm concerned Hank Aaron still holds the lifetime record for home runs. Unlike Barry Bonds, Hank accomplished the record without the benefit of performance enhancing drugs.
     
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  15. Spurffelbow833

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    Hank Aaron and Roger Maris are the rightful home run kings. The steroid era made a falsified document out of baseball's record book.
     
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  16. ursidman

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    One of my boyhood idols. Got to see him play many games in person. For many of those Brave teams he and Niekro were about the only reason to pay money to go see the Braves.
     
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  17. g8trjax

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    All you guys watched hank aaron play? Forum suddenly makes more sense.
     
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  18. cocodrilo

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    I got to see him play one game in Atlanta. Also saw Willie Mays play one game in Frisco. And I saw Ted Williams manage one game for the Washington Senators. The games themselves were boring as usual.
     
  19. AgingGator

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    Agree 100%. Also, stars didn't get star calls in sports back then. Hank,s strike zone was the same as everyone else's.
     
  20. AgingGator

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    One of my cousins played in the MLB. When he played for the Twins, we lived at Tinker Field on weekends during spring training. Saw some great men play some great baseball. Hank wasn't big by any measure but had a sweet swing that started in his feet and finished with the bat all the way around.