A King is Born

FEBRUARY 5, 1934 | MOBILE, ALABAMA – A home run king that is. Henry Aaron was born on this date in 1934 in Mobile, Alabama. He would go on to become major league baseball’s all-time home run king in 1974 when he eclipsed Babe Ruth‘s record of 714.

Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs. Barry Bonds broke Aaron’s record in 2007, tainted, however, by allegations of steroid use.

Henry Aaron, not unlike his unassuming demeanor, quietly set many major league records and is among the leaders of many more. Here are some as compiled by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR):

Most seasons with at least 20 HRs               20(1st)
Most career RBI                                           2,297(1st)
Most career extra base hits                      1,477(1st)
Most career total bases                             6,856(1st)
Most seasons at least 100 runs scored        15(1st)
Most career home runs                                755(2nd)
Most career hits 3,771                                        (3rd)
Most career runs                                   2,174(4th tied)
Most career at-bats                                12,364(2nd)
Most seasons at least 100 RBI              11(4th tied)
Most career games                                   3,298 (3rd)

It’s also remarkable, considering he was the all-time HR king for almost 40 years, the lists Aaron is not on:
Most seasons with at least 60 HRs                         0
Most seasons with at least 50 HRs                         0

Henry Louis Aaron was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Contributing sources:
MLB batting leaderboards, Baseball-Reference
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