Atlanta Braves: Power Ranking the Retired Numbers

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player. 17. . RF/1B. 1954-1974. Hank Aaron. 44

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron is undisputedly one of the five best players to ever play the game of baseball.  The True Home Run Champion had 755 Career Homers, 3,771 Career Hits and 624 Career Doubles.  His lifetime batting splits were as follows: .305/.374/.355.  Aaron still holds the record for most career RBI’s with 2,297 and most career total bases with 6,856.

Aaron made 21 straight All-Star Games (1955-1975), won the MVP Award and World Series in 1957, and collected 3 straight Gold Gloves (1958-60).  Hank never hit more than 47 homers a season but his consistent power gave him the greatest total of all time.

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Number 44 is beyond sacred in Atlanta.  The street that runs in front of Turner Field is known as Hank Aaron Drive.  The luxury suite at Turner Field is known as the 755 Club, honoring Hank’s staggering career home run totals.

His 715th homer in marked on the former outfield wall of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium where he crushed Al Downing‘s offering to left field.  That homer will likely always be a Top 5 moment in Atlanta Sports history.  Athletes may come and go in this town, but there is only one Hank Aaron.

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