#Shortstops: Hank Aaron’s influence
“Baseball needs me because it needs someone to stir the pot – and I need it because it's my life. It’s the means I have to make a little difference in the world.” – Hank Aaron, “I Had a Hammer”
According to Hank Aaron, his on-field accolades were perhaps the only reason why people listened to him, but his legacy certainly spanned far beyond his 3,771 hits and 755 home runs. While at times not outspoken, Aaron was actively engaged in racial justice advocacy through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), one of the most prominent civil rights organizations in the United States. He was granted lifetime membership status in June 1975, receiving a plaque to commemorate the achievement.
That plaque is now a part of the Museum’s collection.
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Claire DeMeo was a 2023 membership and development intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development