We have finally reached the top spot. Number one, should be to nobody’s surprise, Henry “Hank” Aaron. Aaron is the best player in Braves history and could possibly be the greatest baseball player in MLB history. He spent 21 seasons in the Braves organization. His career started in 1954, and he hit .280 with 13 home runs. The next season, he went to his first All-Star game, which started a streak of 20 consecutive All-Star appearances. In 1957, Aaron won his only MVP award, hitting .322, with 44 home runs and 132 RBIs. What was so amazing about Aaron was the longevity of his career. He was able to stay elite for so long. In his 18th season in the majors, he hit .327 and a career high 47 home runs. On April 8th, 1974, history was made. The Braves faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and in the fourth inning, Aaron hit home run number 715, breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. Aaron ended his career with 755 home runs, the most all time until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007. Although Aaron was remembered by many for his home run record, he was so much more as player. He lit up the stat sheet with doubles, triples, stolen bases and even his defense. He led the league in hits twice, batting average twice, runs three times and RBIs four times. He also won 3 Gold Gloves in his career. He currently holds the MLB records for most RBIs and most Total Bases. He was a truly remarkable star and did it all under the controversy of his skin color. Aaron was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility. Today, Aaron still remains around the game he loves and is a great supporter of the Braves organization.
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