Hank Aaron, baseball’s former residence run king, was a longtime Browns fan and common in Cleveland’s Dawg Pound.
CLEVELAND — Hank Aaron, who previously held the Main League Baseball file for profession residence runs, handed away on Friday on the age of 86.
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However whereas many will keep in mind Aaron most for his 755 profession residence runs, he left a special sort of legacy for no less than some followers in Cleveland.
Though the 25-time All-Star spent all however the remaining two seasons of his Main League profession within the Nationwide League, Aaron was no stranger to Northeast Ohio. In an interview recorded for ESPN’s “Believeland” documentary, the Cellular, Alabama, native could be seen discussing his affection for the Cleveland Browns.
“It began many a few years in the past. This most likely going manner again once they had Otto Graham, Marion Motley, Dante Lavelli — you might go on and on and on,” Aaron says within the clip. “It was me a crew and determining, ‘what makes these guys so profitable?’ They received so many championships again then. I suppose like the rest, irrespective of for those who’re enjoying baseball, soccer, basketball or no matter you is perhaps enjoying, so as so that you can repeat over and over and over, you have gotta be doing good. And so they had some very superb soccer gamers again then.”
The 1957 Nationwide League MVP went on to disclose that he frolicked watching the Browns play from the “Dawg Pound” within Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
“I had enjoyable on the market with the Dawg Pound. I loved myself on the market with them,” he mentioned. “And so they all the time had enjoyable. No one ever bothered me. I went there a few years. I do not know if I noticed as many as one or two fights. Everyone would have time.”
How did one in all baseball’s most well-known gamers spend so a few years unnoticed in Northeast Ohio?
“It was very, very chilly,” he mentioned. “What did placed on was a jacket, a hat that may cowl throughout my face and I may solely see out of my eyes.
“Any person lastly discovered who I used to be. What occurred was that once I left the Dawg Pound, I went to have dinner at one of many eating places and I took the canine masks and a few man walked behind and pointed proper at me and mentioned, ‘I assumed that was you! I have been watching you all these a few years and I lastly discovered it was you.'”
You’ll be able to watch the total clip of Aaron discussing his Browns fandom within the video participant beneath.