|FEW HAD HIS FOCUS |
TO ACCOMPLISH THE JOB AT HAND.
|PUNCHED HIS TICKET TO COOPERSTOWN IN '68,|
BUT THE BEST WAS STILL TO COME.
THE FRONT PAGE
- Hank Aaron was at a card show in Tampa in the late '80s when I bought this card to get his autograph. This is one of my favorite Aaron issues, and I debated having it autographed because it's in such good condition but glad I did. It's a sweet autograph. He was a fairly friendly signer.
THE BACK PAGE
- The '69s are really clean and readable.
- Anybody for some salmon?
- So only seven players previously reached the exclusive 500 Home Run Club? Sheesh, how many have "accomplished'' that today, like 250?
- Aaron never had a defining action card; he had a lot of similar batting pose shots. Still, I love this photo with the '69 design.
- Aaron is the All-Time Home Run King with 755. He would set the record five years later on April 8, 1974, connecting off Al Downing.
- I remember watching the game on TV and telling my dad he's going to do it tonight. He just had a determined look about him in the batter's box. Sure enough, he pushed The Babe to No. 2 all-time in the fourth inning.
- What Henry Aaron overcame to set the record is truly a testament of incredible talent and the ability to focus under pressure. Pressure of passing the game's greatest player in Babe Ruth? Some. I'm talking life-and-death pressure from numerous cowards issuing death threats and sending hate mail.
- I can only imagine what he was thinking when rounding second base and that one "fan'' ran out onto the field to pat him on the back.
- In '69, Hammer would pass Mickey Mantle with his 537th homer. For the season, Aaron hit 44. Interesting, he hit 44 four times, which, of course, was his iconic jersey number.
- Isn't it amazing that despite being the all-time home run leader, he led the league in homers only four times and won only one MVP ('57, when Milwaukee won the World Series)?
- In addition to home runs, Aaron is the all-time leader in RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856).