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An occasional blog with photos and brief biographies of the Negro Leagues players.  Many of the biographies highlight civil rights issues faced by the players.

Aaron, Hank: 1952 Indianapolis Clowns

Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron

Indianapolis Clowns – 1952

Negro American League

Pos: SS

Bats: R Throws: R

Height: 6’0” Weight: 180

Black Baseball Career: 1952

Born: 2/5/1934 Mobile, AL

Died: Still Living

When Aaron’s career began, the Negro Leagues were already in rapid decline due to integration.  In his lone season in Negro League baseball, the cross-handed batting shortstop led the league with a .467 BA.

The demise of the Negro Leagues was a mixed blessing for the African-American community.  Integration permitted black stars to compete in MLB, but the cherished institution stood alongside church and music to create strong bonds between family and the community while creating many well-paying and valued jobs.

Baseball Hall of Fame: 1982

 

 

 

 

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