With last week’s announcement of the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction class, we thought it prudent to honor the anniversary of two of Major League Baseball’s greatest alumni. Today marks the anniversary of Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s and Frank Robinson’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction. On January 13th, 1982, Aaron and Robinson became the 12th and 13th members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was both players’ first year of eligibility. Aaron was only 9 votes shy of being the first unanimous selection in National Baseball Hall of Fame history.
Aaron was a 25 time All-Star, and the only season Aaron wasn’t an All-Star in his career was his final year in the Majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a career .305 hitter and finished his career with 755 home runs, 3,771 hits and 2,297 runs batted in (a Major League record). He holds the record for most consecutive seasons of having 150 or more hits with seven. He won the National League MVP and the World Series Championship in 1957. His # 44 jersey has been retired by both the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Frank Robinson was a 14 time All-Star. He was a career .294 hitter and finished his career with 586 home runs, 2,943 hits and 1,812 runs batted in. Robinson is only 1 of 14 players to win the Batting Triple Crown (when a player leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in). He won two World Series Championships with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 (he won the AL MVP and the World Series MVP that same season) and in 1970. His # 20 jersey is retired by both the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles. Robinson also became the first full-time African American Manager in Major League Baseball history in 1975 when he took over as manager for the Cleveland Indians.
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