Hank Aaron, by name of Henry Louis Aaron, (born February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.–died on January 22nd, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia), American professional baseball player who, in 23 seasons playing in the big leagues (1954-76) beat the batting records that were set by some of the most famous players in the game which included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb as well as Stan Musial.
Aaron is a right-handed pitcher. He started his career professionally in 1952 playing shortstop for a couple of days as a member of his team, the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League. His contract was purchased through the Boston Braves of the National League and they assigned the player the minor league team. In 1954, he made the move to the majors and played mostly in the outfield with the Braves (who relocated into Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953). In 1956, he won the league’s batting championship, by averaging.328 In 1957, after leading his team at the World Series, he was named the league’s most valuable player. At the time that the Braves relocated into Atlanta, Georgia, at the end of 1965 Aaron had scored three hundred and 98 hits. When he was in Atlanta the 8th of April April 1974, he hit 715th home run beating Babe Ruth’s record that was in place since 1935. Following the 1974 season, Aaron was transferred with the Milwaukee Brewers, who were at the time part of the American League. Aaron quit in the fall of 1976 and was re-joined by the Braves with the executive position. Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on 13 January 1982. Other honors include his award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002). In 2010, the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum opened on the grounds of Hank Aaron Stadium, the home of the Mobile Minor League Baseball team of Alabama.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Ken Griffey, Jr., in full George Kenneth Griffey, Jr., (born on 21 November 1969, Donora, Pennsylvania, U.S.), American professional baseball player who was among the most iconic players of the 1990s. is regarded as one of the best power offensive outfielders and defensive hitters ever.
In 1987, Griffey became the very first athlete chosen by the Major League Baseball draft and was signed by the American League Seattle Mariners. He made his first major league appearance in 1989. His father, an outfielder Ken Griffey, Sr. is playing with the Cincinnati Reds in that year and the Griffeys therefore became one of the very first parents and children to play in major leagues simultaneously. Griffey Jr. made arrangements that he is dealt to the Mariners at the end of the 1989 season. The two became a cherished pair in the lineup up to his retirement in the year 1991.
Griffey, Jr., was soon able to demonstrate his worth as a center fielder and player. He suffered injuries during his first season but in 1990, he was awarded the first Gold Glove Award, had an average of .300 and was a participant for the All-Star Game. He then went on to win the American League Gold Glove Award during the period 1991-99, due to his impressive fielding. In 1997, after Griffey scored 56 homers and scored 147 runs, he was a unanimous choice to receive the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
After the season of 1999, the Griffey who was beginning to get bored being in Mariners their new stadium for pitchers and was looking to move closer to the home of his family in Orlando in Florida–asked for a transfer from Seattle. In February 2000, he was transferred to Cincinnati as he believed it was his home town in addition to where his dad was employed as coach. Griffey was plagued by a number of injuries while in Cincinnati. While playing and playing, he continued to be a danger left-handed player. In 2004, he became 20th Major League player with a home run of 500. He also he was selected as a member of the National League All-Star team in 2004 and 2000. He also made the team in 2007. In 2008, following the smash of his first 600-home hit, Griffey joined Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Sammy Sosa as the only Major League players to have achieved this feat. Griffey has been traded to Chicago White Sox in July 2008.
He was a free agent at the beginning of his career. in his career towards the close in the season of 2008 and joined Mariners Mariners once more in the month of February. The return of Griffey to Seattle was a blessing for the Mariner’s attendance numbers however his poor playing style and subsequent lack of playing time caused him to suddenly retire from the game in June of 2010. He ended his career with an .284 batsman’s average and 630 home runs and 1,836 runs batted in. In 2016, he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 437 of the votes given (99.32 percent) which set an all-time record with the most percentage of votes in past history of the Hall of Fame (which was broken in 2019 when Mariano Rivera was elected unanimously). In 2021, he was a member of the Mariners ownership group.