Hank Aaron, the name given to Henry Louis Aaron, (born February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.–died on January 22nd, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia), American professional baseball player who, over 23 seasons playing in the big leagues (1954-76) beat the batting records established by some of the most famous baseball players which included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb as well as Stan Musial.
Aaron was a right-handed player who started his career professionally in 1952 playing shortstop for just a few weeks in his team, the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League. His contract was purchased through the Boston Braves of the National League which assigned the player the minor league team. In 1954, he was promoted to the majors and played mostly outfielder in the Braves (who were relocated from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953). In 1956, he took home the league’s batting title by averaging .328 and in the year 1957, after leading the team in winning at the World Series, he was named the league’s most Valuable player. At the time that the Braves relocated from Atlanta, Georgia to Atlanta, Georgia, at the end of 1965 Aaron had scored the number of homers at 398. When he was in Atlanta in April in 1974, he scored 715th which broke Babe Ruth’s recordthat was in place since 1935. After the 1974 seasonended, Aaron was transferred for the Milwaukee Brewers, who were at the time part of the American League. Aaron was forced to retire in the fall of 1976 and returned to with the Braves with the executive position. Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on 13 January 1982. The other honors he received were 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 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 sportsmen of the 1990s. He was is regarded as one of the best power offensive outfielders and defensive hitters ever.
In 1987, Griffey was among the players 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, the 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 older. was able to arrange that he be dealt to the Mariners during the late part of the 1989 season. The two became a cherished pair in the lineup up to his retirement in 1991.
Griffey, Jr., was soon able to demonstrate his worth as a centre fielder as well as a player. He suffered injuries during his first season but in 1990, he received the first Gold Glove Award, had an average batting of .300 and was a participant for the All-Star Game. He then went on to win the American League Gold Glove Award in 1991 and 1999 due to his impressive fielding. In 1997, after Griffey scored 56 homers as well as scoring scores of runs, he earned an unanimous choice to receive the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
In the final stretch of the season of 1999, Griffey –who had begun to dislike being in Mariners the new stadium that was a pitcher’s dream and wanted to be closer to his home in Orlando Florida — asked for a trade from Seattle. In February 2000, he was transferred to Cincinnati where he considered it his home town as well as where his dad was employed as coach. Griffey suffered a string of injuries during his time in Cincinnati. While in the field however, he was a risky left-handed batter. In 2004, he became 20th player in the major leagues with a home run of 500. He also he was selected as a member of the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2000 and 2007. In 2008, having hit the 600th home hit, Griffey joined Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Sammy Sosa as the only Major League players to achieve that feat. Griffey has been traded to Chicago White Sox in July 2008.
He was released at the beginning of his career. in his career towards the conclusion year 2008 and was signed by Mariners Mariners once more in the month of February. The return of Griffey to Seattle proved to be a boon for the Mariners attendance statistics however, his declining playing style and subsequent lack of playing time caused him to suddenly retire from the game in June of 2010. The final season of his career saw him achieving the following statistics: a .284 batsman’s average with 630 home runs and 1,836 batted-in runs. In 2016, he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, having received 437 out of votes that were cast (99.32 percent) which set records for 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 joined the Mariners Ownership group.