GEORGIA. (WCTV) – Thursday, US Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) Along with Senator Pastor Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) And the Georgia Congressional Delegation to propose legislation to honor baseball legend Hank Aaron, who died jan. 22.
Aaron is best known for passing Babe Ruth’s homerun record in 1974 and for his civil rights work.
The legislation will honor Aaron “for his achievements on and off the baseball field, and for defying racism and breaking down racial barriers in the fight for equality as one of the last Major League Baseball All-Stars to play in the Negro leagues. . ”
The resolution read in part, “… Henry Louis Aaron truly embodied the true spirit and promise of the nation, reflected the best of the determination and perseverance of the people of the United States, and exemplified the indomitable will of black Americans to overcome. impossible odds of achieving greatness in the face of relentless adversity and racism. ”
The US representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA, 4th) and Nikema Williams (D-GA, 5th) introduced a companion resolution in the House.
The resolution was co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Buddy Carter (R-Ga., 1st), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga., 2nd), Drew Ferguson, (R-Ga., 3rd), Lucy McBath (D-Ga.). , 6.), Carolyn Bordeaux (D-Ga., 7.), Austin Scott (R-Ga., 8.), Andrew Clyde (R-Ga., 9.), Jody Hice (R-Ga., 10) .), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga., 11.), Rick Allen (R-Ga., 12.), David Scott (D-Ga., 13.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga., 14). ).
The full resolution can be read below:
While Henry Louis ” Hank ” Aaron was born 1 of 8 children February 5, 1934, to Herbert Aaron Sr. and Estella (Pritchett) Aaron of Mobile, Alabama;
While Aaron grew up at the height of Jim Crow and segregation and faced racism and discrimination from a young age, including from the stands while playing in the South as a minor league baseball player early in his baseball career;
While Aaron began his baseball career as a teenager in the Negro leagues, he first played for the Prichard Athletics, then the Mobile Black Bears, before being signed by the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League;
While in 1952, Aaron was signed by the Boston Braves, who awarded him to play in the minor leagues for their Northern League farm team, the Eau Claire Bears, where he made the Northern League’s All-Star team and was unanimously named Beginner of the Year;
While in 1953 he was promoted to play for the South Atlantic League-affiliated Braves, Jacksonville Braves, as one of the league’s first black players, where he immediately helped the team win the league championship and won the South Atlantic League’s most valuable player award;
While in 1954, Aaron was invited to attend spring training with the Milwaukee Braves and signed his first Major League Baseball contract on the final day of Braves’ spring training, making his Major League Baseball debut against the Cincinnati Reds and hitting his first Major League Baseball home run. April 23, 1954;
While Mr. Aaron won his first batting title in 1956 and was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1957, the Braves helped win his first pennant in Milwaukee and led the Braves to a 1957 World Series victory over the New York Yankees;
While in 1966, Aaron moved with the Braves to Atlanta, Georgia and played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball, anything but the last two seasons with the Braves in Milwaukee and then Atlanta;
While on April 4, 1974, Mr. Aaron Babe tied Ruth’s home team record by beating home run number 714 in a game against the Cincinnati Reds on his first turn of the season;
On the evening of April 8, 1974, Aaron wrote the story by breaking Babe Ruth’s record when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 715 home run at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, cementing his place in history as the nation’s homemade king;
While veteran baseball broadcaster Vin Scully during the historic moment announced: ” What a wonderful moment for baseball. What a wonderful moment for Atlanta and Georgia. What a wonderful moment for the country and the world. A black man gets standing ovations in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. ”;
While Aaron continued to beat 755 home runs in his career, a home record that went unbroken for more than 30 years, with his last home run coming on July 20, 1976;
While at the time of his passing, Aaron held Major League Baseball records for most career runs beaten in (2,297), extra base hits (1477) and total bases (6,856);
While at the time of his passing, Aaron was one of only 4 players who had at least 17 seasons with 150 or more hits, was in second place for most in home runs and bats (12,364), and was in third place for most games played (3,298) and hits (3,771);
While, in addition to his records, Aaron achieved many career highlights and awards, including –
(1) to become the ninth player to reach the 3000 hit milestone and the first player to achieve both 500 home runs and 3000 hits;
(2) to be a two-time national league champion;
(3) to win the National League’s single-season home title 4 times;
(4) to achieve a career-high average of .305;
(5) being named an All-Star in all but his first and final seasons; and (6) winning 3 Gold Glove Awards for his play as a right-hander;
While Aaron achieved these milestones as he bravely faced racism at every stage of his historic career, including being banned from hotels where his white teammates lived, received many racist letters and threats, and even needed protection from police at stake to protect against racist violence or harassment;
During his career, Aaron became a national symbol of endurance by demonstrating athletic greatness and strength while enduring evil racism and hatred, helping to advance the cause of civil rights and becoming a bourgeois leader in black society.
While Mr. Aaron became the first black American to hold a senior position in Major League Baseball as a front officer with the Atlanta Braves, he supported the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”), and founded the Chasing the Dream Foundation to support underprivileged youth through mentorship and financial support;
While in April 1977, the Atlanta Braves retired Mr. Aaron’s Number 44, erected a statue in his honor in 1982 and named the address of their second home, Turner Field, as 755 Hank Aaron Drive;
While Aaron is an integral part of Mobile, Alabama history and has been recognized by the city through the construction of a stadium, the opening of a museum and the naming of a park in his honor;
While, in 1982, his first qualifying year, Mr. Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 97.8 percent of the vote, the second-highest vote at the time only for Ty Cobb;
While the 25th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th home run, Major League Baseball created the Hank Aaron Award, which is given annually to the players with the best overall offensive performance in each league;
While in 2002, Mr. Aaron received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from President George W. Bush, referring to the fact that Mr. Aaron “embodies the true spirit of our nation”; and
Considering the time of his passing, Mr. Aaron was long known for uplifting black society and improving human relations throughout his career through his tremendous display of dignity and long achievement records in the face of racism and hatred, cementing his legacy.
as a leading figure for civil rights: Be it now
Resolved that the Senate –
(1) honors the life and legacy of Henry Louis Aaron for his achievements on and off the baseball field, and for defying racism and breaking down racial barriers in the fight for equality as one of the last Major League Baseball All-Stars to play in the Negro leagues;
(2) proclaims that Henry Louis Aaron truly embodied the national spirit and promise of our nation, reflected the best of the decision and perseverance of the people of the United States, and exemplified the indomitable will of black Americans to overcome impossible odds of achieving greatness in meeting with relentless adversity and racism; and
(3) Recognizes the life and legacy of Henry Louis Aaron as an important figure in the fight for civil rights, as well as one of the greatest and most productive baseball players and professional athletes in the United States of all time.
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