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Hank Aaron

Artist
Osvaldo Salas, 1914 - 1993
Sitter
Henry "Hank" Aaron, born 5 Feb 1934
Date
1956
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 24 x 19.4 cm (9 7/16 x 7 5/8")
Sheet: 25.4 x 20.6 cm (10 x 8 1/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Osvaldo Salas
Object number
NPG.97.125
Exhibition Label
A legendary hitter who set records that remain unequalled to this day, Hank Aaron was one of baseball's greatest offensive stars. Other players may have been more flamboyant, but none could match Aaron's power and consistency during his twenty-three years in the majors. After launching his career with the Negro League's Indianapolis Clowns in 1952, Aaron signed with the Milwaukee Braves and joined their roster in 1954. He soon emerged as a tremendous asset to that ball club, and in 1957 his bat drove the Braves to a World Series victory over the Yankees. In the years that followed, Aaron's impressive hitting fueled his assault on the record books, and in 1974 he became the first player to break Babe Ruth's career record of 714 home runs. When Aaron retired from play in 1976, his home run mark stood at 755.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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