Former Twin Oliva partaking in third Minnesota All-Star Game

There he was, a 25-year-old rookie, standing among some of the best to ever play the game. Willie Mays. Roberto Clemente. Mickey Mantle. Harmon Killebrew. Hank Aaron. Somehow, some way, Tony Oliva wedged his way into that elite group. His numbers more than validated his selection to the 1964 All-Star Game, but the Cuba native and Twins outfielder still couldn't believe he was...
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Frank Robinson Arrives in 1974, Clashes with Gaylord Perry – Reliving Yesteryear

They hated each other. It was hardly a secret, from their days in the National League in the early 1960s. Gaylord Perry had been the talented pitcher of the San Francisco Giants; Frank Robinson, the five-tool outfielder of the Cincinnati Reds. The narrative came easily: the fiery, outspoken black child of the U.S. civil-rights era vs. the white farm boy from the deep South. But was...
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Remember when: Recap of the 1965 All-Star Game at Metropolitan Stadium

  FOX Sports North will be televising the 1965 All-Star Game -- which was held at Metropolitan Stadium -- at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Here's the original Associated Press recap of the game. MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- Willie Mays was hurting so much Tuesday that all he could do was hit a lead-off home run in the first inning, walk twice and score the winning run for the National...
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Today in Tribe History: July 8, 1997

The American League defeats the National League by a score of 3 – 1 in the annual All-Star Game, played in Cleveland. Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. hits a 2-run home run and is named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Alomar is the first hometown player to homer since Hank Aaron in Atlanta in 1972.
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Three Hits: Braves complete sweep of Phillies to cap road trip

The Braves turned back the clock to the days of Hank Aaron and Milwaukee across their chests in completing a four-game sweep of the Phillies. Sunday's 3-2 victory marked the first time the franchise had won a set that long in Philadelphia since Sept. 24-27, 1964. This one came courtesy of another strong outing from B.J. Upton at leadoff -- punctuated by a two-run triple -- and...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers unveil Wall of Honor

MILWAUKEE -- Craig Counsell sat at a podium in the bowel of Miller Park and received words of gratitude for his idea to create a Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor from Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount. Earlier in the day, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin ribbed his former player and now special assistant for coming up with the only good idea he has had in his three years...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Today In Sports: Hank Aaron

(Photo via wikimediacommons.org) On May 17, 1970, Hank Aaron became the 9th man in the major leagues to get 3,000 hits. Aaron began playing professional baseball in 1954, when he signed with the Milwaukee Braves. The team would change its name to the Atlanta Braves some 10 years later. In 1975, Aaron played for the Milwaukee Brewers, and ended his MLB tenure after the 1976 season...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

Georgia State is proposing repurposing Turner Field into a 30,000-seat football stadium and building another baseball stadium that will include Hank Aaron’s wall as part of the structure. University President Dr. Mark Becker and Atlanta real estate development firm Carter provided the Atlanta Journal-Constitution an exclusive look at the proposal on Wednesday. The idea is more...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Miguel Cabrera this generation’s Hank Aaron?

On June 20, 2003, Miguel Cabrera struck out in his first big league at bat.  He’d get the last laugh however. In the bottom of the eleventh inning the 20-year-old rookie hit a two-run home run to help his then-Florida Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Now, I bring that up only to awkwardly segue into this. Friday, the reigning American League MVP turned...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Hank Aaron Sent Racist Hate Mail For Saying Racism Isn’t Dead

  Hank Aaron proved his point and then some after his interview on the state of race relations in this country. The harsh reality of racism still very much being alive and well in this country played out last week–the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th home run. In an interview with USA Today, Aaron spoke truthfully and blunt about race in this country, stating: “Sure, this...
Via BlackSportsOnline
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hammerin' Hank receives slew of racist hate mail, again

After speaking his mind about the progress that's been made in race relations over the last 40 years, Hank Aaron sparked many to send the Atlanta Braves racially-charged letters of disapproval. 
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Rocker calls out Hank Aaron for Republican comments

In December 1999, John Rocker’s now infamous interview with Jeff Pearlman hit the pages of Sports Illustrated and it didn’t take long for Hank Aaron to take notice. “To be honest with you, I was very sick and disgusted with the whole situation,” the Atlanta Braves legend said.  “For someone in the situation of Mr. Rocker to make those statements is ridiculous.  I have...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves receiving racial letters regarding Hank Aaron's comments

Last week, MLB legend Hank Aaron was honored in Atlanta on the 40th anniversary of his breaking of Babe Ruth's career home run record. Around the same time, he was interviewed by USA Today and made the following comment that spread like wildfire around the Internet: "We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

If you're white and 'oppose' Barack Obama, you're akin to the KKK: Hazy Hank Aaron

Maybe this is why you interview a now 80-year-old living legend. Hank Aaron tells USA TODAY Sports:"We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated."We have moved in the right...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Hank Aaron, Brandon Spikes and matters of historical hyperbole

Our nation’s racial history remains treacherous ground. Like any other pile you’d prefer not to step in, it seems to find you when you aren’t paying attention. And wearing sandals. Two different athletes trod into that territory this week with their words. One is a living legend with a history of choosing his statements carefully. The other is a current NFL player with a University...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB's  Homerun Record Conundrum

It has been forty years since Hank Aaron became baseball’s all-time leader in homeruns, and the image of him rounding the bases while a fan (somehow) follows along behind him is burned into many of our brains. Aaron broke the record at homerun number 715 and finished his career with an astounding 755 round-trippers. However, some thirty years later his record was broken by Barry...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Accidentally Set American Flag On Fire During Home Opener (Photo)

The Atlanta Braves refer to themselves as “America’s Team,” but they might have to rethink that after a mishap during their home opener Tuesday night. In a pregame ceremony dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run, the Braves featured a pyrotechnics display on the top of the Turner Field jumbotron for the first time. Unfortunately,...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Hank Aaron Is Still The Home Run King

Hank Aaron was honored by the Atlanta Braves before the game against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. They held a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th home run, the home run that surpassed Babe Ruth to become the new home run king. Aaron eventually ended his career with 755 home runs, that was later surpassed by Barry Bonds, who had 762. So by all accounts...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A Mets anniversary worth celebrating

In a beautiful ceremony last night, the Atlanta Braves honored the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth‘s career home run record. In Mets lore, 2014 holds a few important anniversaries as well, including the 50th anniversary of the opening of Shea Stadium, the 10 year anniversary of David Wright‘s major league debut, and the 20th anniversary of one of the most spectacular...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Colon goes seven scoreless innings as Mets blank Braves

Hank Aaron’s 715th-home-run anniversary celebration wouldn’t have been complete without a Babe Ruth appearance Tuesday night. Bartolo Colon, belly hanging over his belt, looked the part at least. The Mets received a jumbo performance from the veteran right-hander and ruined the Braves’ home opener with a 4-0 victory in front of 47,144 at Turner Field. Before the game, the...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

All Part Of The Fun

Tuesday was the 40th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in sports history … Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs with 715. The Braves celebrated the occasion before their game: The Braves marked the day with the above ceremony, and by wearing their throwbacks from 1974. And wouldn’t you know it, irony of ironies, they started a pitcher named...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Mets blank Braves, but night was all about Aaron

ATLANTA -- The night belonged to Hank Aaron. Commissioner Bud Selig was among the baseball luminaries on hand Tuesday night for the Braves celebration of the 40th anniversary of Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run, calling the Hall of Famer "ideally suited to become Babe Ruth's heir" and the "living embodiment of the American spirit." The current Braves...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera vs. Hank Aaron

BREAKING NEWS: Miguel Cabrera is good at hitting the baseball hard.  How good?  Through his first ten years and change, he has been Hank Aaron good. MLB Network put up the graphic Tuesday night comparing Hammerin’ Hank to Mashin’ Miggy (totally just made that up on the fly, don’t hate me).  Translation: there is nothing you don’t already know.  Miguel Cabrera is a badass. MLB Network
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 0

On a night the offensive brilliance of Hank Aaron was celebrated, both the Mets and Braves relied on their pitching to try to win this game. In the end, it was Bartolo Colon who would prove the most effective. He pitched masterfully over seven innings to give the Mets a chance to win, as Aaron Harang shutdown the Mets offense most of the night. A wild pitch plated the Mets first...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Remembering Hank Aaron and Number 715 forty years later

The history can not be summed up better than what Hall of Fame Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer Milo Hamilton called (via MLB.com): He’s sitting on 714 Here’s the pitch by Downing Swinging, there’s a drive into left-center field That ball is gonna be…OUTTA HERE! It’s gone. It’s 715. There’s a new home run champion of all time, and it’s Henry Aaron - Milo Hamilton...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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