It was 56 years ago this week that Hank Aaron hit his first home run. The dinger came at the expense of St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Vic Raschi.

Aaron played his first game in the Major Leagues on April 13, 1954. Before joining the Milwaukee Braves, Aaron was a star for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League. He was the last player from the Negro Leagues to reach the Majors.

Did you know?

  • Aaron hit 300 or higher in 14 seasons in the Major Leagues.
  • He hit 40 or more homers in a season 8 times.
  • Hammerin’ Hank was the first Major Leaguer to slug 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.
  • In 1972, Aaron was baseball’s highest paid player. He earned $200,000 per year.