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HANK AARON and WILLIE STARGELL
Two Hall of Famers ranked #2 and #28 on the MLB's list of all-time home runs sign a Rawlings Official League baseball.
Baseball signed: "Hank Aaron" and "Willie Stargell", in blue ink. Rawlings Official League baseball. Hall of Famer Hank Aaron played for the Braves in Milwaukee (1954-1965) and Atlanta (1966-1974). Until 2007 he held the record for hitting more home runs in his career than any other player (755), passing Babe Ruth's 714. Aaron is synonymous with home runs, but there was much more to Hammerin' Hank than his 755 round-trippers. He also set all-time marks for the most games, at bats, total bases and RBI's; and his batting average over 23 seasons was .305-indications of the all-around ability of this quiet man from Mobile. The N.L. MVP in 1957, he appeared in a record 24 All-Star contests with the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta) and Brewers. Hall of Famer Willie Stargell (1940-2001) hit 475 career homers during his 21-year big league career with the Pirates. His inspirational leadership contributed to two Pirates' World Championships. Stargell was 61 when he died on April 9, 2001, Opening Day for the new Pittsburgh Pirates stadium, PNC Park. Two days earlier, a 12-foot bronze statue of Stargell was unveiled at the entrance to left field, where he roamed for more than a decade as a Pirates player in Forbes Field and then Three Rivers Stadium before he moved to first base.  Heavily toned and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Previously authenticated by JSA.


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HANK AARON
Born: February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama

Full name Henry Louis Aaron
Born February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama
First Game: April 13, 1954;
Final Game: October 3, 1976
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
Brother of Tommie Aaron

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1982
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1957)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1956 and 1963)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1956 and 1958 to 1959)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1963, 1965, 1967 and 1969 to 1971)
Won NL Gold Glove as right fielder (1958 to 1960)

HANK AARON
This article was written by Bill Johnson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

"Henry Aaron in the second inning walked and scored. He's sittin' on 714. Here's the pitch by Downing. Swinging. There's a drive into left-center field! That ball is gonna be ... outta here! It's gone! It's 715! There's a new home run champion of all time, and it's Henry Aaron!"  - Milo Hamilton, April 8, 1974

With that swing of the bat, along with the 714 that preceded it, Hank Aaron not only passed Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball's career home run leader, but he also made a giant leap in the integration of the game and the nation. Aaron, an African-American, had broken a record set by the immortal Ruth, and not just any record, but the all-time major league home run record, and in doing so moved the game and the nation forward on the journey started by Jackie Robinson in 1947. By 1974 Aaron's baseball career was within three years of sunset, but the road he'd travelled to arrive at that spring evening in Atlanta had hardened and tempered him, perhaps irrevocably, in ways that only suffering can produce.  Aaron finally shrugged off the twin burdens of expectation and fear that evening, and few have ever stood taller.

Henry Louis Aaron was born February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama, to Herbert and Estella (Pritchett) Aaron. Among Henry's seven siblings was a brother, Tommie, who later played in parts of seven different seasons in the major leagues. For whatever such records are worth, the brothers still hold the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings, 768, with the elder Henry contributing 755 to Tommie's 13. They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates.


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Film Credits
2013 Conan (in person), 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 2010-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2010 Stand Up to Cancer (in person), 2009 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 Bigger Stronger Faster* (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2007 Rome Is Burning (Other), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (Other), 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2006 Costas Now (Other), 2005-2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2003 Pete Rose on Trial (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2002 Jim Brown: All American (in person), 2002 Futurama (in person), 2002 2002 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2001 Summer Catch (in person), 2000-2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 When It Was a Game 3 (in person), 2000 2000 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (in person), 1997 Arli$$ (in person), 1995 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1995 Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (Other), 1995 Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (Other), 1994 Baseball (Other), 1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (in person), 1992 When It Was a Game 2 (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1992 Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary (in person), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 Baseball's Record Breakers (in person), 1991 Baseball's Greatest Moments (in person), 1991 1991 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1990 Night of 100 Stars III (in person), 1989 The Arsenio Hall Show (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1987 The Incredible Ida Early (in person), 1987 MacGyver (in person), 1986 Liberty Weekend (in person), 1983 1983 Cracker Jack Oldtimer's Baseball Classic (in person), 1982-1986 The Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1980 Happy Days (in person), 1978 Good Morning America (in person), 1977 The Cry of a Hurting World... I'm Hungry! (in person), 1977 Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala (in person), 1975 Tony Orlando and Dawn (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (in person), 1974 Dinah! (in person), 1974 1974 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1973 Flip (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1958 1958 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1957 Captain Kangaroo (in person), 1957 1957 World Series (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956-1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


WILLIE STARGELL
Born: March 6, 1940 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma
Died: April 9, 2001 in Wilmington, North Carolina


Full name Wilver Dornel Stargell
Born March 6, 1940, Earlsboro, Oklahoma
Died April 9, 2001, Wilmington, North Carolina
Buried at Oleander Memorial Gardens, Wilmington, North Carolina
First Game: September 16, 1962; Final Game: October 3, 1982
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 2" Weight: 188

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1988
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1979)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1979)
Named NL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1978)
Named NL League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (1979)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1979)
Named first baseman on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1972)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1965 to 1966 and 1971)

WILLIE STARGELL
This article was written by James Forr and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Following the Pittsburgh Pirates' loss to the Chicago Cubs on October 1, 2000, 60-year-old Willie Stargell emerged to throw a ceremonial final pitch at the soon-to-be-demolished Three Rivers Stadium. Even though most people who followed the Pirates knew "Pops" was in poor health his frail, spectral appearance that afternoon was shocking. He was almost unrecognizable, barely able to walk on his own, a much-too-large gold Pirate jersey drooping pitifully from his emaciated shoulders. His feeble toss to catcher Jason Kendall barely went ten feet.

The poignant image of the dying man on the field that afternoon contrasted so dramatically with the mighty and fearsome slugger of an earlier time. It wasn't long ago, with his mile-long home runs and gentle giant persona, that Willie Stargell seemed almost indestructible.

His childhood was not only challenging but also a little bit weird. Wilver Dornel Stargell was born March 6, 1940, in tiny Earlsboro, Oklahoma, the son of William and Gladys Vernell Stargell. (His unusual first name was an amalgamation of his father's first name and his mother's maiden name). But before Willie was born, his dad skipped town. It wasn't until 1960, when Stargell was 19, that the two men finally met. "I accepted my father as he was," Willie insisted later. "I didn't offer judgment on what he had done and eventually I grew to love him for what he was."


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Film Credits
2003 100 Years of the World Series (Other), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1994 1994 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1988 1988 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1987 Good Morning America (in person), 1984 A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. (in person), 1981 Games People Play (in person), 1980 The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards (in person), 1979 1979 World Series Video: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles (in person), 1979 1979 National League Championship Series (in person), 1978 1978 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1975 1975 National League Championship Series (in person), 1974 1974 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 National League Championship Series (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1971 1971 World Series (in person), 1971 1971 National League Championship Series (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 National League Championship Series (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


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