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Hank Aaron's career timeline

Hank Aaron's career timeline

Feb. 5, 1934: Born in Mobile, Ala.

Nov. 20, 1951: Signed by the Negro League Indianapolis Clowns.

June 14, 1952: Signed by the Milwaukee Braves and sent to Eau Claire, Wis., where he played second base and was named the Northern League Rookie of the Year.

1953: Played for Jacksonville, Fla., of the South Atlantic League, where he was named league MVP. Moved on to the Winter Leagues in Puerto Rico, where he learned to play the outfield.

March 1954: Braves outfielder Bobby Thomson breaks an ankle and Aaron moves into Milwaukee's starting lineup.

April 13, 1954: Makes his Major League debut, going 0-for-5 vs. Cincinnati.

April 15, 1954: Knocks his first Major League hit, a single off Vic Raschi of the Cardinals.

April 23: 1954: Belts his first Major League home run, off Raschi in St. Louis.

Sept. 5, 1954: Misses the rest of the season after breaking an ankle.

July 12, 1955: Plays in his first of a record-tying 24 All-Star Games.

1956: Wins his first National League batting title with a .328 average.

Aug. 15, 1957: Hits his 100th career home run off Don Gross of the Reds.

Sept. 23, 1957: Belts an 11th-inning home run, off Billy Muffett of the Cardinals, to clinch the NL pennant for the Braves.

Oct. 5, 1957: Named the National League MVP for the only time in his career.

1958: Wins his first Gold Glove.

July 21, 1959: Hits three homers against the San Francisco Giants, marking the only time in his career he homered three times in a single game.

July 3, 1960: Hits his 200th career home run off Ron Kline of the Cardinals.

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June 8, 1961: Combines with Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas in Cincinnati to become the first players to hit four consecutive homers in a game.

April 19, 1963: Hits his 300th career home run, off Roger Craig of the Mets.

April 20, 1966: Hits his 400th career home run, off Bob Priddy of the Giants.

July 14, 1968: Hits his 500th career home run, off Mike McCormick of the Giants.

July 30, 1969: Hits his 537th career homer to move past Mickey Mantle into third on the all-time home run list.

May 17, 1970: Singles off Reds pitcher Wayne Simpson for his 3,000th career hit.

April 27, 1971: Hits his 600th career home run, off Gaylord Perry of the Giants.

July 31, 1971: Hits his first career All-Star Game homer, off Vida Blue in Detroit.

June 10, 1972: Hits his 649th career home run to pass Willie Mays for second in MLB history.

July 25, 1972: Homers off Perry in the first All-Star Game played in Atlanta.

July 21, 1973: Hits his 700th career home run, off Ken Brett of the Phillies.

Sept. 29, 1973: Hits homer No. 713 -- his 40th of the season -- joining Darrell Evans and Davey Johnson to make the Braves the first team with three players to hit 40 homers or more in a season.

April 4, 1974: Homers against the Reds' Jack Billingham on Opening Day to tie Babe Ruth with 714 career home runs.

April 8, 1974: Hits his 715th career home run, off Al Downing of the Dodgers, to break Ruth's record.

Oct. 2, 1974: Hits his final home run in a Braves uniform, career No. 733, off Rawly Eastwick of the Reds.

Nov. 2, 1974: Traded from Atlanta to the Milwaukee Brewers for Roger Alexander and Dave May.

April 18, 1975: Hits his first American League homer, off Perry of the Indians.

May 1, 1975: Becomes baseball's all-time leader in RBIs with No. 2,212 -- he finished his career with 2,297.

July 20, 1976: Hits the final home run of his career, off Dick Drago of the Angels, for No. 755.

Oct. 3, 1976: Singles off Dave Roberts of the Tigers in his final Major League at-bat.

Aug. 1, 1982: Enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame.

Feb. 5, 1999: Major League Baseball announces the Hank Aaron Award, an honor presented annually to the best hitters in the American and National Leagues.

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