Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs ... but how many of those came hitting cleanup?
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Hank Aaron, RF

 

Career: 1954-76, Braves, Brewers
Fun fact: Most career RBIs (2,297)


He dealt with hate mail, oppressive media scrutiny and the ghost of Babe Ruth en route to setting baseball's career home run record of 755. Along the way, Aaron "expressed no more agitation than a man brushing aside a housefly," wrote Sports Illustrated's Ron Fimrite. Amazingly, Aaron never surpassed 47 homers in a season.

He just kept showing up for work each day, quietly wielding that hammer. --Jerry Crasnick

Previous rank: 5