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American baseball player

Born: February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama, United States

Died: January 22, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Number: 44 (Milwaukee Braves / Outfielder)

Children: Ceci Aaron, Hank Aaron, Jr., Gary Aaron, Dorinda Aaron, Lary Aaron, Gaile Aaron

Spouse: Billye Aaron (m. 1973), Barbara Lucas (m. 1953–1971)

Hank Aaron was born February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama. He was the third of eight children.

When his father took him to hear a speech given by Jackie Robinson, Hank committed himself to playing baseball.

Aaron showed an early propensity for sports and played both baseball and football at Central High School in Mobile and Josephine Allen Institute, a private school.

Aaron started played semi-pro baseball at age 15 and earned $10 per day playing for the Mobile Black Bears, an all-black baseball team.

In 1951, Aaron was signed by the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Baseball League.

In 1952, he helped his team to the Negro League World Series.

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Aaron’s first marriage was to Barbara Lucas in 1953.

They had five children: Gary, Lary, Dorinda, Gaile, and Hank Jr.

He divorced Barbara in 1971 and married Billye Suber Williams on November 13, 1973.

With his second wife, he had one child, Ceci.

Aaron was Catholic, having converted in 1959 with his family.

He and his wife first became interested in the faith after the birth of their first child, whom they baptized immediately.

A friendship with a Roman Catholic priest later helped lead to Hank and his wife’s conversion.

Aaron was known to frequently read Thomas à Kempis’ 15th-century book The Imitation of Christ, which he kept in his locker.

In an interview in 1991, Aaron credited the priest, Fr. Michael Sablica, with helping him grow as a person in the 1950s.

“He taught me what life was all about.

But he was more than just a religious friend of mine, he was a friend because he talked as if he was not a priest sometimes.”

Active in the civil rights movement, the priest encouraged Aaron to be more publicly vocal about causes he believed in.

Sablica also encouraged him to “attend Mass every Sunday” during Spring Training, to which he responded with the racist realities of the day:

“[In Bradenton], they won’t let me go to Mass.”

Sablica said in an interview that he wouldn’t have blamed Aaron if he stopped practicing, and Aaron indeed attended Friendship Baptist Church toward the end of his life—noting in his autobiography that he didn’t remain Catholic for very long after converting.

Aaron was a long-time fan of the Cleveland Browns, having attended many games in disguise in their “Dawg Pound” seating section.

Aaron lived in the Atlanta area.

In July 2013, media reported that his home was burglarized with jewelry and two BMW vehicles having been stolen.

The cars were later recovered.

Aaron suffered from arthritis and had a partial hip replacement after a fall in 2014.