#2: "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron
Without a doubt, around the Atlanta area, Hank Aaron is regarded as the greatest Brave and ballplayer that ever lived even though he lands at #2 on Dimino’s List (Which proves he’s NO HOMER!). Though he falls into the “bridesmaid’s spot” on the list, his baseball chops could make him a viable argument for the top position.
First of all, Aaron holds the record for All-Star Selections at 25, and holds the record with Stan Musial and Willie Mays for the number of All Star Games played at 24! But that’s just the beginning…
During his career, Aaron won 3 Gold Gloves, was the NL Batting Champ Twice, the NL Home Run Leader 4X, the NL RBI leader 4X, and his signature achievement came April 8, 1974 in Atlanta in front of a record crowd of a crowd of 53,775 when he hit his 715th home run surpassing the great Babe Ruth.
Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in (RBI) (2,297), extra base hits (1,477), and total bases (6,856), is in the top five for career hits (3,771) and runs (2,174) and is is one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits. Aaron is in second place in home runs (755) and at-bats (12,364), and in third place in games played (3,298).
At the time of his retirement, Aaron held most of the game’s key career power hitting records.