Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron was born on February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama. He played twenty-one seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves as a right fielder. He hit twenty-four or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973 and was ranked by The Sporting News as number five on its “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list. Throughout his career Aaron openly spoke out for racial equality in baseball, not just on the field but in the front office. Since his retirement, Aaron has held office roles with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award to recognize the top offensive players in each league. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 for his monumental sports achievements.
Japan honors Hank Aaron with Order of the Rising Sun
Mr. Hank Aaron was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in January 2016 for his services toward the mutual understanding between American and Japanese youth, and his establishment of the World Children’s Baseball Fair alongside Sadaharu Oh.
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