Happy Birthday, Tommie!


Tommie Aaron 1968.jpg

Tommie Aaron with the Atlanta Braves, 1968 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Tommie Aaron was born on August 5, 1939. (He died on August 17, 1984, at the age of 45, from leukemia). In 1999, Hank Aaron said of his brother: “He was a terrific defensive ballplayer. I just wish that he had a chance to play a little longer. He truly loved the game of baseball.”

Here is a summary of Tommie’s amazing career, which was cut short way too soon:

1958:

  • Signed with the Milwaukee Braves on May 28
  • Played with the Class C Eau Claire Braves

1959:

  • Played with the Class C Eau Claire Braves

1960:

  • Played with the Class B Cedar Rapids Braves
  • Played with the Class A Jacksonville Braves
  • Played with the Class AAA Louisville Colonels

1961:

  • Played with the Class AA Austin Senators

1962:

  • April 10 – MLB Debut
  • June 12 – both Hank and Tommie hit a home run in the same game
  • July 12 – both Hank and Tommie hit a home run in the same inning

1963:

  • Played with the Milwaukee Braves and the Class AAA Denver Bears

1964:

  • Played with the Denver Bears

1965:

  • Played with the Class AAA Atlanta Crackers and the Milwaukee Braves

1966:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves

1967:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves
  • Named International League MVP

1968:

  • Played with the Atlanta Braves

1969:

  • Played with the Atlanta Braves
  • Appeared in the National League Championship Series, alongside brother Hank

1970:

  • Played with the Atlanta Braves

1971:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves and the Atlanta Braves
  • Made his last appearance with the Atlanta Braves on September 24, 1971

1972:

  • Played with the Richmond Braves

1973:

  • Played with the Class AA Savannah Braves

1973-1976:

  • Manager, Savannah Braves

1977-1978:

  • Manager, Richmond Braves
  • Richmond Braves won the league championship in 1978

1979-1984:

  • Coach for the Atlanta Braves

 

Happy Birthday, Tommie, and rest in peace.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

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