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August 10th – On This Day in Sioux Falls History

August 10th, 1952 – On This Day in Sioux Falls History, Sioux Falls played host to a legend… Hammerin’ Henry “Hank” Aaron… but we didn’t even know it!

Of course a few folks knew he was here… its just we didn’t know at the time that he was going to become the Hall of Famer Hank Aaron of Major League Baseball Legend!

At the time Henry Aaron was a smooth swinging rookie shortstop for the Eau Claire Wisconsin Bears!

The Bears were affiliated with the Atlanta Braves (Milwaukee Braves at the time_ who had drafted Aaron. The Braves thought it would do the young 17 year old superstar some good to travel the Northern League with their Wisconsin minor league team.

He was amazing! Winning both the Northern League Rookie of the Year and MVP awards! Its safe to say that year up north did Hank Aaron well as we would go on to break many MLB hitting records including Babe Ruth’s career homerun record!

Hank Aaron was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame on his very first year of eligibility for the high honor!