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Saturday, April 9, 2022

H is for Hammer, Hank, and Hairy

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 Good morning  and welcome to Day 8 of the A to Z challenge. This year I chose 3 themes for the challenge: Limericks, MLB sluggers in my lifetime, and A to Z wordles. For more information about these themes click here

Part I: A to Z Limericks

Today's limerick is also about today's home run hitter.  I don't consider Hank Aaaron a home run hitter.  I consider him the home run hitter.  On April 8,1974 he hit his 715th al time home run to break the record of Babe Ruth.  I am writing this post on Friday April 8th just a few hours before Saturdays H post drops.  That means 48 years ago I watched Hank Hammer 715 on television.  Here is what it looked like       

On April 8 '74
Hammering Hank #44
Hit home run 7 1 5
I felt so alive
To be part of such great baseball lore.

Part II: A to Z Homerun hitters of my lifetime

Yesterday I talked about Ken Griffey Jr. the 7th leading homerun hitter of all time.  For over 33 years Hank Aaron was the all time leading home run hitter.    He is now 2nd behind Barry Bonds.

I was born in 1964.  I was 9 years old when Aaaron broke Ruth's record.  Aaronhit his first homer in 1954 and his last in 1976.  From 1954 to1963 Hank hit 342 home runs.  This was 5th most of all players over that time period and only 40 less than Willie Mays who hit the most in that time period.

From 1964 to 1975 Aaron hit 403 homers  387 for the Braves and 16 for the Brewers.  Aaron led all of baseball by 46 homers during that period.  In 1976 Aaron hit the last 10 of his 755 dingers while finishing his HOF career in Milwaukee. Aaron batted .305 in the course of his career so he was much more than just a home run hitter.

Part III: Wordle Starting Words from A to Z

Note: Correct letters in the correct places will be shown in bold. Correct letters in incorrect places will be shown in italics.

Playing wordle every day can be a big hairy deal.  On March 8th I began my wordle with ...

H A I R Y - I may as well have been bald as none of those letters were in the answer
Q U E S T -  This got me a e and t in the right places and s in the wrong one.
S W E P T - On my third guess I was exteremely closing getting 4 of the letters in the right position.
S W E E T.  How sweet it was to get it in 4.

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Dave Roller said...

I actually stayed up past midnight, which I used to do quite a bit but hardly ever do anymore. to be at school by 7:40 a/m gets in the way of being up after midnight. The first thing I did at midnight was do the wordle. I started wit Hairy as I did last month, but had more successin in April than March getting the correct word in 3 guesses.

Beth Lapin said...

Hank Aaron is well worthy of the H posting!



Dave Roller said...

I did not realize yesterday that I had written a limerick about Hank Aaaron 8 years ago and posted it on FB. That one is actually better, Here it is ...

40 years ago Hammerin' Hank
Big Home run Seven One Five did crank
The man took lots of flack
For being great while black.
Nine year old me remembers his swank.

Liam Sullivan said...

I was a baby when Henry Aaron broke the record, but I grew up with the greatest respect for Hammering Hank both for what he accomplished on the field and his great leadership off the field.

Mrs Fever said...

You've reminded me that I have yet to play today's wordle. ;)

My personal most-memorable MLB moment was the night Ichiro broke the hitting record in 2004.

Anne E.G. Nydam said...

Visiting from the A to Z Road trip. I love that you combined so many things into your tripartite theme!

J Lenni Dorner said...

⚾ Great baseball post!
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