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Hank Aaron

Artist:
Al Satterwhite, born 1944
Sitter:
Henry "Hank" Aaron, born 5 Feb 1934
Medium:
Digital pigment print
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Georgia\Fulton\Atlanta
Date:
1973 (printed 2009)
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Headgear\Hat
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball bat
Interior\Sports arena
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Al Satterwhite
Object number:
NPG.2009.27
Rights:
© 2008 Al Satterwhite
Exhibition Label:
Born Mobile, Alabama
A legendary hitter who set records that remain unequaled 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 Boston Braves. His debut with the franchise came in 1954, following its move to Milwaukee. Aaron soon emerged as a tremendous asset to the 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.
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Hank Aaron

Artist:
Ross R. Rossin, born 1964
Sitter:
Henry "Hank" Aaron, born 5 Feb 1934
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\Georgia\Fulton\Atlanta
Date:
2010
Topic:
Indeterminable
Painting
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Delta Airlines, Inc.
Object number:
NPG.2012.98
Exhibition Label:
Born Mobile, Alabama
“Hammering” Hank Aaron was one of the greatest players in major league history. He was scouted at sixteen and played Negro League baseball before signing with the Milwaukee (later, Atlanta) Braves, for whom he debuted in 1954. A perennial All-Star and the league MVP in 1957, Aaron was remarkably consistent: in a twenty-three-year major-league career he never hit more than fifty homers in a season but always ranked near the top of the hitting statistics. A compact six-footer, Aaron generated tremendous bat speed with his extraordinary reflexes. In 1974 he broke Babe Ruth’s seemingly impregnable record of 714 career home runs. Aaron’s chase of Ruth’s record generated some hate mail but was widely celebrated as a sign of racial progress in the New South. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron has had an estimable post-baseball career doing charitable and civic work in Atlanta.
Bulgarian-born artist Ross Rossin met Aaron in Atlanta through the city’s former mayor, Andrew Young, whose portrait he also painted.
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Hank Aaron

Artist:
Osvaldo Salas, 1914 - 1993
Sitter:
Henry "Hank" Aaron, born 5 Feb 1934
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1956
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Headgear\Hat\Cap
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball bat
Exterior\Sports arena\Ballpark
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.125
Rights:
© Osvaldo Salas
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.
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Hank Aaron [baseball card, ca. 1955]

Subject:
Aaron, Henry "Hank" 1934-
Physical description:
Ink on cardboard
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Baseball cards
Date:
1955
ca 1955
Topic:
African American baseball players
Sports
Baseball
African American athletes
Local number:
040545113.tif (AC Scan No., recto)
040545114.tif (AC Scan No., verso)
Notes:
Outfielder, Milwaukee Braves, 1950s
Summary:
No. 179 in series; rookie card
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Ronald S. Korda Collection of Sports and Trading Cards, 1952-1996
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Archives Center - NMAH
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Baseball, signed by Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron

Signer:
Ruth, Babe
Aaron, Hank
Physical Description:
cork (overall material)
yarn (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Object Name:
baseball
autographed baseball
Subject:
Baseball
Sports & Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
Credit Line:
From Dr. William P. Mulvaney
ID Number:
1984.0479.01
Accession number:
1984.0479
Catalog number:
1984.0479.01
Description:
Baseball, signed by George Herman "Babe" Ruth (1895 - 1948) and Hank Aaron (b. 1934). The two players signed on different occasions.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Autographed Baseballs
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Robert Weingarten Builds Hank Aaron's Portrait

Creator:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2012-07-03T15:35:47.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2014-06-04T20:04:35.000Z
Topic:
American History
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
395
Video Title:
Robert Weingarten Builds Hank Aaron's Portrait
Description:
Photographer Robert Weingarten meets baseball great Hank Aaron, photographs the objects Aaron chose to represent who he is, and digitally builds Aaron's portrait. Produced for the National Museum of American History's "Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten" exhibition, July 2-October 14, 2012. Learn more at http://americanhistory.si.edu/weingarten.
Video Duration:
203 seconds
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YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Hank Aaron, Portrait in a Minute

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-11-05T15:26:24.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2014-11-19T23:05:27.000Z
Topic:
Portraits
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
124
Video Title:
Hank Aaron, Portrait in a Minute
Description:
Guest presenter Brig Owens, former defensive captain of the Washington Redskins, discusses a 2010 painting of Hank Aaron by Ross Rossin. “Hammering” Hank Aaron was one of the greatest players in major league history. He was scouted at sixteen and played Negro League baseball before signing with the Milwaukee (later, Atlanta) Braves, for whom he debuted in 1954. A perennial All-Star and the league MVP in 1957, Aaron was remarkably consistent: in a twenty-three-year major-league career he never hit more than fifty homers in a season but always ranked near the top of the hitting statistics. A compact six-footer, Aaron generated tremendous bat speed with his extraordinary reflexes. In 1974 he broke Babe Ruth’s seemingly impregnable record of 714 career home runs. Aaron’s chase of Ruth’s record generated some hate mail but was widely celebrated as a sign of racial progress in the New South. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron has had an estimable post-baseball career doing charitable and civic work in Atlanta. Filmed at NPG, September 2014.
Video Duration:
218 seconds
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NatlPortraitGallery
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National Portrait Gallery
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Milwaukee Brewers jersey, worn by Hank Aaron

User:
Aaron, Hank
Associated institution:
Milwaukee Brewers
Maker:
McAuliffe Uniform Corp.
Physical Description:
cotton (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
Object Name:
shirt
baseball jersey
jersey, baseball
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Brockton
Date made:
1975
Subject:
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Baseball
Sports
Professional
Major League
ID Number:
1977.1133.01
Accession number:
1977.1133
Catalog number:
1977.1133.01
Description (Brief):
This jersey was worn by major league outfielder Hank Arron (b. 1934) during the 1975-1976 season. Aaron is best remembered for breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974.
In 1954 Aaron left the Negro Leagues to join Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Braves (soon to become the Atlanta Braves: the team relocating in 1966.) He was traded to the Brewers in 1975, finishing his career the following season.
"Hammerin' Hank" was one of the most dominant players in league history. He was a 25 time All-Star, finishing with a lifetime batting average of .305, having 3,771 hits and 2,297 R.B.I.s. His 755 home runs surpassed Ruth's career total of 714, set in 1935 . Aaron held on to home run record until 2007, when it was surpassed by Barry Bonds.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Podcasts
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/mpeg
Uploaded:
Tues, 28 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EST
Topic:
Exhibition
Copyright:
©Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Podcast Keywords:
baseball, tennis, Michael Jordan, Smithsonian exhibits, Lance Armstrong, Billie Jean King, Althea Gibson, Hank Aaron, Mia Hamm, Muhammad Ali
Duration:
9:25 MINS
Author:
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Subtitle:
A History of those who made a difference in sports and culture.
Size:
9.1 MB
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Move Over, Babe (Here Comes Henry) [sheet music], 1973

Lyicist:
Harwell, Ernie
Composer:
Slayback, Bill
Subject:
Aaron, Henry "Hank" 1934-
Physical description:
1 item
Type:
Sheet music
Date:
1973
1970-1980
Topic:
Baseball--Songs and music
Sports--Songs and music
Local number:
04030034.tif (AC Scan No.)
Notes:
Subseries 7.1, box 2, folder M
Summary:
4 pp. Cover illustration: reproduction of photograph of Hank Aaron, in a diamond shape on a yellow background
Cite as:
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, 1790-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Archives Center - NMAH
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Hank Aaron, Delbert Rice, Andrew Pafko, Fred Haney and Joseph Adcock

Artist:
Osvaldo Salas, 1914 - 1993
Sitter:
Henry "Hank" Aaron, born 5 Feb 1934
Delbert W. Rice, 1922 - 1983
Andrew Pafko, 25 Feb 1921 - 8 Oct 2013
Fred Haney, 1898 - 1977
Joseph Adcock, 1927 - 3 May 1999
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1956
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Headgear\Hat\Cap
Equipment\Sports Equipment
Exterior\Sports arena\Ballpark
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Henry "Hank" Aaron: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Delbert W. Rice: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Andrew Pafko: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Andrew Pafko: Sports and Recreation\Coach
Fred Haney: Sports and Recreation\Team Manager\Baseball
Joseph Adcock: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
S/NPG.97.132
Rights:
© Osvaldo Salas
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I had a hammer : the Hank Aaron story / by Henry Aaron with Lonnie Wheeler

Author:
Aaron, Hank 1934-
Wheeler, Lonnie
Subject:
Aaron, Hank 1934-
Physical description:
xvii, 333 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Baseball players
Call number:
CT275.A117 A1 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Dwight, Ed 1933-
Subject:
Aaron, Henry Louis
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: white marble
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Authority 521 Capitol Avenue Atlanta Georgia
Located Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Atlanta Georgia
Date:
Commissioned 1981. Dedicated Sept. 7, 1982
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length
Occupation--Sport--Baseball
Ethnic
Dress--Uniform--Sports Uniform
Object--Toy--Sports Equipment
Control number:
IAS GA000460
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Georgia, Atlanta survey, 1994
Summary:
A portrait of baseball player Hank Aaron depicted just after hitting a baseball, his bat swung over his proper left shoulder. He is dressed in his baseball uniform adorned on the front with the number 44. The sculpture is mounted on a square base
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Hank Aaron : brave in every way / by Peter Golenbock ; illustrated by Paul Lee

Author:
Golenbock, Peter 1946-
Lee, Paul (Paul C.)
Subject:
Aaron, Hank 1934-
Physical description:
1 v. (unumbered) : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Biography
Juvenile literature
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Baseball players
African American baseball players
Summary:
A biography of the Hall of Fame baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's career home run record
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Remembering "Hammering" Hank Aaron's record-breaking home run

Creator:
National Museum of American History
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:40:00 -0400
Topic:
American History
Blog Post Category:
From the Collections
Description:
This baseball season marks the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run. The feat, accomplished on April 8, 1974, established Aaron as Major League Baseball's all-time home run champion, besting Babe Ruth, who had last set the record in 1935. Finishing his career with 755, "The Hammer" was baseball's home run king until 2007, when Barry Bonds broke his record.
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Play Ball (and Tunes): Sheet Music from the Game’s Early Days

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:50:45 +0000
Topic:
Smithsonian Mall
Blog Post Category:
History
Smithsonian Archives
Smithsonian Institution
americana
athletics
babe ruth
ballgame
baseball
baseball music
brooklyn
cardinals
cincinnati
cincinnati reds
dodgers
hank aaron
illinois
New York
old-timey
philly
red stockings
sheet music
st. louis
vintage base ball association
Description:
From celebrating championships to begging teams to stay, baseball music has a lot more than Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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Hammering Hank : how the media made Henry Aaron / Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy

Author:
Stewart, Mark 1960-
Kennedy, Mike (Mike William) 1965-
Subject:
Aaron, Hank 1934-
Physical description:
252 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Baseball players
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball / words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron

Author:
Nelson, Kadir
Physical description:
88 p. : col. ill. ; 29 x 29 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Negro leagues--History
African American baseball players
Baseball--History
Negro leagues
African Americans
Baseball players
Summary:
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson
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I never had it made : an autobiography / Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett ; foreword by Cornel West ; introduction by Hank Aaron

Author:
Robinson, Jackie 1919-1972
Duckett, Alfred
Subject:
Robinson, Jackie 1919-1972
Physical description:
xxii, 275 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
1972
C1995
Topic:
Baseball players
African American baseball players
Call number:
CT275.R654 A1 1995
Notes:
Originally published: New York : Putnam, 1972
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Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Batter Up! It’s Opening Day in Affiliateland

Creator:
Smithsonian Affiliates
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:30:33 +0000
Topic:
Exhibition
Blog Post Category:
Exhibitions
General
Seriously Amazing
You Heard It Here First
1960 world series
Affiliates
affiliations
baseball
beyond baseball
chan ho park
chasing dreams
dick groat
dodgers
fernando vanelzuela
hank aaron
hideo nomo
jackie robinson
Japanese American National Museum
jim palmer
lou brock
mazeroski
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
museum on main street
national museum of american history
National museum of american jewish history
northern league
opening day
paul gertsen
roberto clemente
Senator John Heinz History Center
SITES
Smithsonian
smithsonian institution
south dakota state historical society
tommy lasorda
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
willie stargell
Description:
“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back, Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old […]
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