Authentic Throwback Hank Aaron Jerseys
Hank Aaron has worn a wide range of uniforms throughout his career, which lasted more than two decades.
Aaron spent his first twelve seasons with the Milwaukee Braves, beginning as a rookie in 1954 and wearing number 5. The next year, he switched to his iconic number 44, which he wore for the rest of his career.
While in Milwaukee, the Braves used two basic uniforms, both of which are comparable to the current uniforms worn by the team. The team sported a tomahawk over the breast of their uniforms behind the Braves script, a design that Aaron wore throughout his MVP season.
Hank Aaron had his greatest season in 1957. He was named the league's MVP after the Braves won their first World Series since 1914 on the strength of his .322 average, 44 home runs, and 132 RBI.
In 1962, the Braves made some minor alterations to their jerseys. They removed the Tomahawk and replaced the zipper with buttons. Additionally, when the team relocated to Atlanta in 1966, they switched out the M for an A on their hats.
In 1968, the Atlanta Braves added pinstripes to their home whites as part of a uniform redesign. This significantly reduced the amount of red in the uniforms. The team began wearing their all-blue caps full-time in 1970.
Hank Aaron hit 158 of his 755 career home runs and played in four All-Star Games while wearing these uniforms.
The uniforms of many baseball teams underwent a major overhaul in the 1970s, swapping their traditional appearances for more modern designs. The Atlanta Braves followed suit, adding a scripted lowercase "A" to their cap and feathers up both sleeves. The sight of Aaron wearing this uniform when he broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974 is unforgettable.
Hammerin' Hank hit a 1-0 pitch from Dodgers pitcher Al Downing into the left-field on April 8, 1974, giving Aaron a record 715 career home runs. He would conclude his career with a total of 755 home runs, the second-most home runs in MLB history behind Barry Bonds. As far as records go, Aaron is still the all-time leader in total bases (6,856) and RBI (2,297).
Aaron's historic home run record even prompted Georgia congressman Andrew Young to declare: “Through his long career, Hank Aaron has been a model of humility, dignity, and quiet competence. He did not seek the adoration that is accorded to other national athletic heroes, yet he has now earned it.”
In November 1974, the Atlanta Braves traded Aaron to the Milwaukee Brewers. This move gave him the chance to return to where he began his Major League career many years ago.
He hit 22 home runs with the Brewers during his final two seasons. In addition, he was selected to the 1975 American League All-Star team.
Hank Aaron was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. On January 22, 2021, he passed away. He will be forever remembered as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.