Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Today's African American fact from baseball's "Golden Era" - Henry Aaron

On September 23, 1957 Henry Aaron hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Braves a 4 – 2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  With the win, the Braves captured the National League championship. 
Aaron’s home run, hit off the Cardinal’s Billy Muffett, was his forty-third of the season.  He finished the year with a total of 44 home runs, 132 RBIs and a .322 batting average.  It would be the only one of his 23 years Hall of Fame career Aaron was given the National League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. 
The Braves defeated the New York Yankees 4 games to three to be crowned 1957 World Series Champions.  Aaron hit .393 in the Series with three home runs and seven RBIs.

Henry Aaron played centerfield during the 1957 World Series due to an injury to what African American teammate?

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