Henry Aaron, Braves, Milwaukee discussed on Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure
Host a really cool show. It's remembering Henry Aaron. The life and legacy of the man we called Hank. We'll hear from Bob Bucher, Bud Seelig, Gorman, Thomas, Bob Costas and more. Here's a preview. I don't know what you dressed like in Atlanta. He dressed a couple of lockers. We don't have lockers. We just had a stall. He dressed right next to me. So I you know, I tried. You know, the mail everything you know, no matter what it was. I was next to him kindly every day. He was just a special guy. You know, He's one of those guys when you When you first met him, he got there's Henry Aaron that should I talk to him. Can I talk to him? One of my father's most memorable moments in my long career occurred at County Stadium on September 23rd 1957 2 Braves in the ST Louis Cardinals were locked in a very close race for the National League pennant. That night, the Braves had the opportunity to clinch the pennant with a victory. When Henry came to the right and hitting laser to center field home run game over Braves win the pennant Braves go, the world's fans went wild, sooner. The braise. It was an incredible celebration. The image of the great Aaron deliriously happy being hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates. Being carried off the field. Isn't Della be implanted in my memory? Obviously, Milwaukee is an enormous place and Henry are in place and and and vice versa. He meant a lot to everyone there. Well, I think the number one thing was that he was so colossally unpretentious. I always say when people ask me what it's like to do this job when you're around famous people and especially professional athlete that we say that they professional athletes, whether they do it or not, always make you feel like you're part of their entourage like you. Follow them and worship them and work to them. And Henry was never like that. When you sat down with him, he actually was many questions about your life is you get about him? It was almost as though he was. It wasn't though he was far more interested in hearing about other people than he was talking about himself. He also was going to the Claire, Wisconsin, where I think you played some minor league ball on be thought that the people of Milwaukee treated him well with those great Braves teams in the 19 fifties and into B Mid sixties when they left for Atlanta, and he was a guy among his many qualities. Who was oil. If you were a true friend to him, he was going to be a true friend to you and bugs like had always treated him with great kindness and respect. And Hank reciprocated that so he would come back to Milwaukee and what Bud was the commissioner, but made sure I give him great credit for this, but make sure that baseball honored tank our and appropriately So here's the thing here. You're playing with a man. Who was your idol? And then watching him take batting practice. Watch the way he put that helmet on kind of kind of a backwards. I mean, just the thing he did. He was polite. He would never tell you what to do. He never did. He never did. But he did. Tell me one day we were playing against California. So he's the gulf gonna come over here. I'm gonna call the deck seven pitches. I'm sitting there right next to him. You know, he said something. You listen. He said, Yeah. You know if he wiggles Finger. That will be a fastball coming. Don't miss it. I just okay. I want to take wonderful people of Milwaukee and Atlanta where I spent my baseball career. All of you. Have touched my life in a very positive way. I'm so very grateful to you and so pleased that you could share this evening with me. Thank you very much. So set your calendars. I'm gonna be checking this out. Sunday afternoon. One o'clock. It's remembering Henry Aaron, a two hour WTMJ special. Greg.