Hank Aaron Turns 75
By By Jay Sorgi, AP
Happy birthday, Hammer!
Hank Aaron's family and friends are throwing him a 75th birthday party Thursday night at a downtown Atlanta hotel.
Among those scheduled to attend are former President Bill Clinton, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.
Aaron hit 755 homers during a career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, a record that stood until Barry Bonds broke the mark in 2007.
Of course, Bonds' accomplishments have come under scrutiny because of allegations he knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. He's awaiting trial on charges he lied to a grand jury when he testified that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
"The Hammer" spent 14 seasons of his career in Milwaukee, playing with the Braves from 1954-65 and the Brewers in 1975 and 76.
Aaron's most famous home run was his 715th which broke Babe Ruth's home run record, but perhaps his most important came on September 23rd, 1957, when he hit a home run in extra innings to power the Braves to beat the St. Louis Cardinals to clinch the National League pennant.
The Braves earned Milwaukee's only World Series victory that year in seven games over the New York Yankees. Aaron won the regular season MVP that year.