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Question: Did Hank Aaron really play in the Negro Leagues?


Hank Aaron began his professional baseball career as a shortstop with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1952. During his brief stay with the Clowns the young Aaron earned the nickname “Pork Chop” because of his particular liking for that entre.

Although Aaron’s speed, fielding ability and natural hitting ability quickly brought him to the attention of the Milwaukee Braves, he showed little of his homerun power while with the Clowns. In fact, when he first joined the Clowns he swung the bat with a cross-handed grip…an eccentricity that was quickly corrected by the Clowns’ manager.

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