On the other hand, viewers of the July 12 events saw that every single player in the Home Run Derby wore jersey number 44.
Since Henry Aaron, a Braves hero and Hall of Famer, passed away in January, the team has been doing workouts with players, coaches, and pitchers all wearing jerseys bearing his number, 44.
On April 8, 1974, the great slugger eclipsed Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader. His monikers included “Hammer” and “Hammerin’ Hank.”
Wearing No. 44 Outfits in Preparation
As the MLB All-Star Game is planned for July 13, players have been seen wearing No. 44 outfits in preparation. The team took pictures with the players wearing the uniforms.
They wore their customary team clothes with their names on the back, but with 44 replacing their usual number.
Atlanta was supposed to host the All-Star Game, and a big part of the festivities would have been honouring Aaron.
Henry “Hank” Aaron will be remembered at Coors Field on July 12 and 13, 2021, as part of the All-Star Game festivities. Aaron passed away in January 2021. Aaron’s wife, Billye, and other members of the Aaron family will attend Gatorade All-Star Workout Day (Monday) and the 91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (Tuesday) as the Baseball Family recognises one of the game’s all-time greats.
Today, in honour of Aaron, who retired as MLB’s all-time home run leader, all players will wear uniform #44 throughout workouts and the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.
All the All-Star players worked out in Denver’s Coors Field on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s All-Star game, and Aaron’s wife Billye and other family members were invited. Shohei Ohtani, designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels and the league leader in home runs, is the odds-on favourite to win Monday’s derby. Players were seen wearing their customary squad clothes, with 44 substituting their usual number. They even posed in the uniforms for team photographs.
The Legacy of Aaron
Aaron passed away in January at the age of 86. He departed as baseball’s all-time leader in RBIs (2,297) and total bases (6,856) and third in hits (3,771), records that still stand. Now only Bonds has more home runs with 762, as his 755 are in second place.
Aaron was a hero of the civil rights movement who, despite facing racial animus as he neared Babe Ruth’s record of 715 home runs, remained dedicated to social causes until his death on January 22. His final public move was to join other civil rights activists in getting the COVID-19 vaccine to reassure sceptical African-Americans.
On his credentials for the Hall of Fame, he had the Most Valuable Player award, a World Series championship, three Gold Glove awards, two Batting Titles, and All-Star Game appearances in every season but his first (1954) and last (1967). (1976).
As for this year’s All-Star Game events, the Home Run Derby will take place Monday and the game will take place Tuesday at Coors Field in Colorado