a baseball player famous for hitting more home runs than Babe Ruth, who had held the record for almost 40 years (1934- ). byname of Henry Louis Aaron born Feb. 5, 1934, Mobile, Ala., U.S. U.S. baseball player, one of the greatest in professional baseball. After playing briefly in the Negro leagues and then in the minor leagues, Aaron was moved up to the majors as an outfielder with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954. By the time the Braves moved to Atlanta, Ga., in 1965, Aaron had hit 398 home runs; in 1974 he hit his 715th, breaking Babe Ruth's record. He played his final two seasons (1975-76) with the Milwaukee Brewers. Aaron's records for career home runs (755), extra-base hits (1,477), and runs batted in (2,297) remain unbroken, and only Ty Cobb and Pete Rose exceed him in career hits (3,771). Aaron is renowned as one of the greatest hitters of all time
orig. Henry Benjamin Greenberg born Jan.1, 1911, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 4, 1986, Beverly Hills, Calif. U.S. baseball player. Greenberg began his professional career at first base with the Detroit Tigers in 1933. He twice helped the Tigers win the World Series (1935, 1940) and was named the American League's Most Valuable Player both years. In 1938 he hit 58 home runs (2 home runs short of Babe Ruth's then-record). He often encountered prejudice on the field, but his refusal to play on Jewish holidays won him praise. He served four years in the military in World War II then returned to the Tigers; traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947, he retired in 1948. He was part owner and general manager of the Cleveland Indians until 1957 and general manager of the Chicago White Sox from 1959 to 1963. The first Jewish star player in the major leagues, Greenberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956
With the help of Fred Rose, his "Lovesick Blues" became a smash hit in 1949, and he joined the Grand Ole Opry that year after an extraordinary debut appearance. Among his best-selling recordings were "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Jambalaya," "Your Cheatin' Heart," and "Hey, Good Lookin'." He wrote almost all the songs he recorded. His death from heart failure at 29 may have resulted from drug and alcohol abuse. He remains perhaps the most revered figure in the history of country music. His son, Hank Williams, Jr., has had an exceptional recording career, and grandson Hank Williams III is also a musician
a US country and western singer and songwriter, who greatly influenced the development of country and western music, and whose songs include Your Cheatin' Heart and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (1923-53). orig. Hiram King Williams born Sept. 17, 1923, Georgiana, Ala., U.S. died Jan. 1, 1953, Oak Hill, W.Va. U.S. singer and guitarist. Williams was born into poverty. He began playing guitar at age 8, made his radio debut at 13, and formed his first band, Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys, at
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