Baseball legend Hank Aaron traveled to Kansas City in the beginning of November to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Aaron was the guest speaker at the gala event where he was able to tell the audience about his rough start in life and how he managed to join the Negro Leagues Baseball organization with nothing but the clothes on his back and $2.50 in his pocket in 1952. The gala was a huge success and the museum was given $250,000 from the state of Missouri too.
The Mobile, Alabama native first tried out for the MLB franchise at the young age of 15 but did not make the team. Instead, he joined a team that was a part of an independent Negro league called the Mobile Black Bears and managed to earn up to $3.00 per game. As a result, Aaron was spotted by a scout and was offered a contract with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League where he played for three months before joining the minor leagues. Aaron made his MLB debut in April 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves and played in Wisconsin for 22 years. The 25-time All-Star Player also ranked 5th in The Sporting News’ list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players.
Aaron attended the 25th anniversary gala for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City earlier this month, and many fans were able to have an opportunity to hear from one of the biggest names in baseball history tell his story at the event.
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