Originally Posted by PalehosePlanet
One of my earliest memories as a kid getting into baseball. In the pre-cable and internet era, the nightly local news and This Week in Baseball is where we saw this homer over and over again.
When I was a kid all the old timers used to talk about Hammering Hank in reverential terms. I used to love listening the stories.
He's still the homerun king in my book.
Originally Posted by thomas35forever
Still the home run king for me until someone else hits 756.
Agreed. Although I consider myself a Barry Bonds fan and believe he belongs in the HOF I'll never acknowledge him as the home run king. Like PalehosePlanet I became consciously aware of the sport at the tail end of Hank's career but he was definitely my first sports idol followed closely by Muhammad Ali and Johnny Bench.
Hank used to use those super strong wrists of his to hit those low lasers; nothing flashy I guess but the year in, year out excellence was incredible.
I frankly don't believe he gets enough attention; Frank Robinson, either. Mays and Mantle seemed to possess the ôsexier" games I suppose.