Aaron to be honored as part of Civil Rights Game

A tribute to Braves icon Hank Aaron will highlight four days of activities surrounding the fifth annual Civil Rights Game between the Braves and Philadelphia Phillies May 15 at Turner Field.

Braves icon Hank Aaron

Braves icon Hank Aaron

The game moves to Atlanta for 2011 and 2012, after previous stops in Memphis and Cincinnati. The Braves and Phillies will wear Negro League-themed uniforms.

With the move to Atlanta, a city at the center of the Civil Rights movement, comes an expanded schedule of events connected to this year’s game. The May 12 red-carpet tribute to legendary Braves slugger Aaron at the Fox Theatre includes a screening of the acclaimed documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.

Other activities include a Bud Selig diversity business conference and trade fair, a youth summit, a roundtable discussion on baseball and the Civil Rights Movement, and the Beacon Awards banquet May 14 at the Omni Hotel.

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WV Braves Fan

January 13th, 2011
3:47 pm

He was the greatest.

Marshall

January 13th, 2011
4:19 pm

“The” Home Run King!!

Fish Bisch

January 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

Aaron is overrated. The best pure power hitter I’ve seen is Barry Bonds.

David O'Brien

January 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

Aaron is overrated. The best pure power hitter I’ve seen is Barry Bonds. — Fish Bisch

How ’bout in the non-steroid category?

By the way, I’m not sure how much credibility you had before, but it’s gone after those first three words you typed in the above comment.

dawglasville

January 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

Fish Bisch – was that pre or post juice? I’m not hating on Bonds. He is paying the price for what he did. He could have gone down with Aaron, Mays, Mantle, Clemente as one of the best had he not juiced. I think he was jealous of all of the attention McGuire and Sosa got that year and it got to him. Again, not hating. I think it is a pretty sad story.

rainman34

January 13th, 2011
4:42 pm

Bonds 1.051 ops Aaron 928 ops. I still have yet to hear that bonds was guilty. He more than likely is but whos to say that Aaron never used them. Steroids were not invented in 1990 they have been around for a long time. Ask the Germans lol. Dave you are the man hope to get to come down for a weekend at dark star and check out the team, cant wait for the season.

Mr. Baseball

January 13th, 2011
4:59 pm

“The Hammer” remains as Baseball’s true all-time HR KING !

Bonds was on the path to the Halll of Fame before the muscles swelled and his head grew to an enormous size. Just check before and after photos ! Guys averaging 35-40 HRs a season all of a sudden hitting 60 or more ?

Keep the freaks out of the Hall of Fame !

Time for the commissioner to return the season & career home run records to Maris & Aaron !

adiven jack

January 13th, 2011
5:05 pm

Mr Aaron is a class act. The accolades are well deserved.

Trey

January 13th, 2011
5:08 pm

I think he was trying for irony. I don’t know if that could be considered as the right word, because of his praise for Barry Bonds.

Keith Moon Lives

January 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

Hank was the most consistent player … 20 plus great years, and no roids. He is in a class by himself !

Mr. Baseball

January 13th, 2011
5:13 pm

Rainman34,

Your argument is flawed. Aaron’s weight never varied more than 10 pounds from his rookie season in 1954 until his retirement in 1976. He had God-given ability and made use of it.

Look at photos of Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Clemons, Palmeiro, etc., from the early 1990s until the late 1990s. Yeah, guys pack on some weight when they reach their 30s, but with these guys its pretty blatantly obvious something unnatural is going on !

Skeezix

January 13th, 2011
5:17 pm

I love Hank. He is class personified. He is very deserving of this honor. I will never forget when he broke Ruth’s record. He is my all time homerun king. He was one of my childhood heroes along with Mathews, #7, Mays, Banks, Unitas, and John Glenn.

Geraldo Rivera, where are you ?

January 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

Some investigative reporter needs to check into the year little Marcus Giles belted 22 homeruns for the Braves and whose career melted quicker than a slurpee in a microwave, getting weird injuries and completely out of baseball. Brother Brian was linked to the roids.

How about Javy Lopez’s last season in Atlanta when all of a sudden the ball was literally bouncing off his bat, hitting 43 HRS, about twice his previous career high ! Of course, after getting big bucks from Baltimore the numbers tumbled & he was out of the game.

Pompano

January 13th, 2011
5:49 pm

Baseball has the Home Run King it deserves – Barry Bonds. MLB is the one that promoted the power spike with marketing programs like “Chicks dig the long-ball” all the while knowing what was going on in the locker rooms.

I also laugh at the revisionist history regarding Aaron. As a native Atlanta who watched him while growing up, Aaron was a selfish, sulking player who did not participate in the Community and didn’t care if his team won. He also admitted that he tried “Greenies” back when playing.

The outfield of Aaron, Dusty Baker & Ralph Garr might rate as one of the worst defensive combinations of all-time.

Love Hank Aaron but...

January 13th, 2011
5:49 pm

Not a big fan of the civil rights game and the wearing of negro league uniforms. I grew up watching Hank. I was fortunate to see him many times at Atlanta Stadium.

Pompano

January 13th, 2011
5:50 pm

Geraldo – agree with you there. Someone should also look into Brett Boone. He had a monster power year after leaving the Braves and then quickly fizzled.

BraveGirl325

January 13th, 2011
5:51 pm

DOB:

Way to put Fish Bisch in his place — in an amusing manner, nonetheless. The non-steroid category obviously doesn’t exist for some “fans.”

Russ - KU 1990

January 13th, 2011
5:51 pm

Dave – Does the game count or is an exhibition game? Did you catch the Jayhawk’s game last night? Marcus Morris was a big time stud!

puff

January 13th, 2011
5:54 pm

Aaron has all-time MLB records for RBI and total bases as well as the non-cheat HR record. Also most extra base hits. He hit against Koufax, Gibson, Carleton, Drysdale. Before Bonds screwed himself, he was among the best – but not at Aaron’s level.

Delbert D.

January 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

Just compare photos of “Normal Barry” and “Pumped Barry.”

Innocent Bystander

January 13th, 2011
6:04 pm

Geraldo- Do you think someone “on the inside” is paying off MLB so they don’t randomly drug test any Atlanta Braves? C’mon man. I know you’re smarter than that.

Baseball fan

January 13th, 2011
6:08 pm

Aaron was a fine defensive outfielder, especially in his early years. Look up the stats rather than assume you know.

Aaron is a class act. Bonds, uh, uh, not so much.

Pompano

January 13th, 2011
6:08 pm

Puff – you left out that he also has the NL record for grounding into the most DP’s

Pompano

January 13th, 2011
6:14 pm

Baseball Fan – no assumption here. Since 1967, I’ve been to over 800 Braves games and can’t even begin to count the 100’s I’ve watched on TV since then. First hand assessment – Baker, Garr & Aaron were a terrible defensive outfield.

puff

January 13th, 2011
6:16 pm

Pompano – Reggie Jackson has career record for strikeouts. By your logic that offsets the Mr. October numbers.

Rick Ankiel

January 13th, 2011
6:30 pm

I’m not a Bonds fan at all. The man is a jerk with an ego bigger than his head. BUT he was already one of the best players ever before he bulked up. He was a legit 40-40 guy (a stat line you just don’t see anymore) at Pittsburgh and hit for power back then as well. Its sad he felt the needed to get juiced up because he is easily the best slugger of the last 40 years. And when you look at his career numbers, the only year that was anomaly was the 73 HR season. His next highest HR total was 46 which he did twice (pre steroids in 93 and post steroids in 2002).

I hate him but he is easily one of the top 5 players to every play the game (with or without steroids)

Mr. Baseball

January 13th, 2011
7:16 pm

Pompano,

Aaron was in his late 30s when he shared the Braves’ outfield with Dusty Baker & Ralph Garr. He never embarassed himself in the field, even at the tail end of his career. If Dusty were so bad in the outfield as you imply, I doubt the Dodgers would have traded for him in a terrible trade the Braves got royally screwed.

During the 50s & 60s Willie Mays was widely regarded as baseball’s best all around player. Mays had the media limelight having played in NY & San Francisco. I’ve heard many an ex-player and broadcaster say if Aaron had not played in small media markets such as Milwaukee and Atlanta, Aaron would have gotten as much recognition as Willie, if not more. Their career numbers are remarkably close. I believe Willie missed a season early in his career, and possibly would have broken Ruth’s record before Aaron did.

Who were Aaron’s top two victims with the HR ? Drysdale & Koufax.

Enough said.

JHey

January 13th, 2011
7:18 pm

“I hate him but he is easily one of the top 5 players to ever play the game (with or without steroids)”

Top 5 to EVER play the game? Seriously? There are quite a few legit Hall of Famers who would humbly disagree with that statement … not to mention the thousands of fans, sports writers and historians.

Mr. Baseball

January 13th, 2011
7:18 pm

Puff,

Great point !

I think Babe Ruth once held the career strikeout record, before it was shattered numerous times the past 75 years.

What does it really mean when you have 714 career HRs & a .342 average ? ! ? !

RadioLady

January 13th, 2011
7:20 pm

I know for a FACT Hank Aaron did not use steroids.

jason

January 13th, 2011
7:43 pm

Aaron didnt cheat, bonds did. Aaron’s in the HOF. I dont see bonds going in it since he cheated.

T N C

January 13th, 2011
7:44 pm

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owl

January 13th, 2011
7:49 pm

In 1992 Bonds could not throw out Sid Bream.This enters the throw out your grandmother scenerio- not because of abiltiy but the fact is… Barry Bonds is LAZY. In the field- LAZY- at bat- Steroids= LAZY.
Aaron is the purest form of athelete we all need to celebrate.

Mr. Baseball

January 13th, 2011
8:01 pm

Rick Ankiel,

You are entitled to your opinion, and I’m relieved the Braves did not re-sign you !

I can’t mention Bonds’ name in the same breath with the likes of Cobb, Ruth, Williams,
Aaron, Mays, etc.

KnightInATL

January 13th, 2011
8:14 pm

The one and only, Home Run King, Henry Aaron. Hank personified class and integrity. He will always be #1 in my book.

puff

January 13th, 2011
8:25 pm

An interesting comparison between Aaron and Bonds as hitters is how they performed when the pressure was greatest, in the postseason.

Aaron played in 17 postseason games and hit .393, .333., 357 with 6 HRs. 14 of those games were WS against Yankee staff with Ford, Turley, Larsen, Grimm

Bonds played in 48 postseason games with 9 HRs and awful-to-modest BAs until he started juicing – .167, .185, .261. Finally broke .300 in 2000. Before 2003 he had a grand total of 1 postseason HR.

Mutts

January 13th, 2011
11:19 pm

Aaron was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. ‘Nuff said.

PJ

January 14th, 2011
3:49 am

I cant believe yall got duped into Fish Bisch’s comment. It was obviously sarcastic.LOL. I got love for both Barry and Hank. Hank Aaron might have done steroids too if he played in the 1985-2005 steroids era. Bottom line, with or without steroids Hank aaron and Barry bonds are in the top 10 of all time best players.

old timer

January 14th, 2011
7:42 am

I first saw Aaron play when my family moved to Milwaukee in 1957. He was 23 years old and something to watch. He was a fine right fielder and a great base runner. He looked smaller than most of the other players but at the plate he hit ropes to all fields, line drives that sometimes split the outfielders and sometimes just kept rising and left the park. I knew by the mid 60s that he would surpass Ruth in homers because he just never looked any different from year to year. I thought it would be fun, but all the hate ruined it while it was happening. Aaron changed. I guess 5 million death threats will do that. The whole thing was heartbreaking. But after some years, Aaron changed back. He was, is and always will be a terrific human being.

Phillistein

January 14th, 2011
10:51 am

Hank has more integrity in his used snot rag then the entire Bonds family – past and present.

And it’s interesting that the Phillies are involved in this Civil Rights tribute. Philadelphia does NOT have a glorious history in the fight for civil rights and baseball integration.

Jackie Robinson HATED playing in Philly.

The past can not be ignored.

Mutts

January 14th, 2011
12:05 pm

old timer: nice bit of writing! Your point about Aaron always being the same form year to year was one of the many reasons he was my favorite baseball player. I had never heard of him when I first saw his baseball card stats, but the consistency each year stood out. He was one of the first 30-30 ballplayers, won Gold Gloves, and led by example. I can’t imagine what Hank had to endure as he approached the home run record, but much like Jackie Robinson, he bravely pushed on.

BraveMan

January 14th, 2011
4:33 pm

Henry Aaron is THE home run king. He didn’t cheat.

UGAbail bonds

January 14th, 2011
6:03 pm

I was born in ‘67. While groing up I thought that Hank and Henry Aaron were brothers. Playing in the yard I was Hank and my brother was Henry most of the time.

UGAbail bonds

January 14th, 2011
6:08 pm

silly kids we were.

guy

January 14th, 2011
9:34 pm

Who really cares? Play the game!

Atlanta Boy

January 15th, 2011
9:22 am

I was born and raised in Atlanta and lived there from 1958-1998.

Hank Aaron, Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner and Arthur Blank are the greatest Atlantan’s ever. In that order.

I can’t imagine a kinder, more credible, hard working and loyal Family man and Braves man than Hank Aaron.

He means so much to the City of Atlanta.

I have never oficially met the guy but have a great sense of love for the man.

IVAN ...

January 15th, 2011
11:02 am

Henry Aaron …………….

THE REAL HOME-RUN KING.

old timer

January 15th, 2011
12:10 pm

Thanks, Mutts. It was a really interesting time to see Aaron play, and a good education for a 10-year-old boy. Until we moved from California to Milwaukee, the only black people I saw were the guys who came each week to pick up the garbage. Two in the cab of the garbage truck, two sitting in the bed, on top of the garbage. When they stopped in front of our house, one jumped down and threw the can up to the truck bed where the other guy emptied it and handed it back down.

Milwaukee Braves fans wanted Aaron to play well, but many made fun of his thick Mobile, Ala. accent and made race-based comments that were fairly normal for the time. But I was thinking, How can black people be inferior if Aaron is black? The answer, of course, was that they were not, and I learned a good lesson at an early age.

Jon

January 16th, 2011
4:42 pm

Love all of the retro jerseys. It’s probably fun for the players too. Side note, what were the Yanks thinking signing Soriano? Check it out/follow:

http://www.sportswithjon.blogspot.com

jason

January 16th, 2011
5:53 pm

Aaron, Greatest ML player of all time in my book.

billmaier

January 17th, 2011
3:41 pm

Aaron was one of the greatest of all times, and deserves the honor, but my personal experience with him he was quite rude compared to other players. Sometime in the eighties i took my son to get hanks autograph at an event where you paid for it. When we got to the table had my son give him a photo of hank i had orderd back in 58 as a kid– told him how much i always admired him and he completely igniored me, like how dare i talk to him. Same experience when i was kid tried to get his autograph several times, he ignored me while mathews, adcock, crandall, buhl, covington were all quite friendly. Later in life gene garber drop a ball into my kids lap signed it was qutie friendly, same experience with steve bedrosian–Hank great player rude as a person.

dick

January 19th, 2011
1:37 pm

I am so sick and tierd of this civil rights @#$!#ADSFAFSASFA@#@!#$@#!@. If I needed a reason not to follow the Braves this would be the one.

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