Happy Birthday: Hank Aaron turns 80
The greatest right-handed power hitter in the history of baseball turns 80 years young today.
On this date in 1934, Henry Louis Aaron was born in Mobile, Ala. Hammerin' Hank turns 80 years old today, and to this day he remains baseball's all-time home run leader among right-handed hitters. By a lot. Aaron hit 755 career homers and Willie Mays is a distant second at 660 homers.
Here is Aaron's record-breaking 715th career homer, which was hit 40 years ago this April. You've surely seen this countless times before, but there's never a bad time to watch it again.
It still blows my mind that two fans were able to get on the field and run up to Aaron as he trotted around the bases. Here's another clip, this one a short biography:
And here is one last video, this one an appearance on David Letterman's show a few years ago. Aaron discussed his relationship with Mays, what he dislikes about the game today, those two kids who ran onto the field following his 715th homer, and a bunch of other stuff.
Happy birthday, Hank. One of the best the game will ever see.