Friday, January 22, 2021

Remembering Hank

One of the game's greatest all time passed away today.  

Henry Aaron better known as Hammerin Hank was the All Time Homerun King when he retired.  

When I think of Hank Aaron, I remember doing a report on a significant black person to change history in grade school.  I chose Hank Aaron as my subject.  

I also think about Daniel of It's Like Having My Own Card Shop.  Daniel is a big Hank Aaron fan and has a really nice collection of the true HR king. 

Daniel sent me the card below back in 2017 as part of a trade package.

This card is the gold parallel /25 copies from 2015 Stadium Club Instavision.  

It captures my favorite homerun in recent Pirates history.

The Pittsburgh Pirates had made it to the post season in 2013 and 2014.  The team was surging just before the 2015 All Star Break, but so were the St. Louis Cardinals.  The two teams had the two best records in the league.  

On July 11th the Cardinals came to Pittsburgh and faced AJ Burnett and the Pirates.

Highlights of the game can be found here.

The complete game can be found here.

The Pirates truly were the Battlin Bucs as they battled back from being behind after the 8th inning THREE TIMES that game.
It culminated in a walkoff homer by the Pirates star centerfielder, Andrew McCutchen.

Cutch has hit six walk off homers over his 12 year career.

Hank Aaron hit nine over 23 seasons.

R.I.P. Hammer


  1. That's a really dark-looking card. But it's beautiful and interesting, too.

  2. All of my boyhood legends ate passing away. I'll be 61 next month, and it makes you wonder where all the time has gone.

    R.I.P. Hammer 🔨.

  3. Tough one today. Nine walks offs is pretty awesome.