Overshadowed by what is arguably the biggest sporting event each year in the United States, Henry “Hank” Aaron celebrated his 83rd birthday.
It may not have been as exciting as the Super Bowl last night, but Aaron’s achievements are still worth noting and remembering as his career statistics are quite extraordinary.
It’s no wonder to see his rookie card valued at thousands of dollars, especially if the card is in great shape. As a point of reference, his 1954 Topps #128 rookie card (graded PSA 8 – Near Mint to Mint) sold last month for more than $27,000. A lesser quality like a PSA 5 will still run you more than $2,000.
The value of his card reflects what he’s done in the majors, which include a .308 batting average, 3,771 hits, 2,297 RBIs, and the most impressive number – 755 homeruns.
He was also a 25-time all-star player, three-time Gold Glove award winner, four-time National League (NL) home run leader, two-time NL batting champion, NL MVP, and World Series champion.
And Aaron accomplished all this while facing challenges off the field with hate mail and death threats directed toward him as he approached Babe Ruth’s long-held homerun record and eventually surpassed it in 1974.
The ultimate homerun king just kept playing ball for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves undeterred.
Now how poetic would it have been if the Atlanta Falcons NFL team could have hold on to win the Super Bowl on the same day the city celebrated one of their former all-time greats?