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This Day in Georgia History

June 14, 1952

Hank Aaron Signed by Braves

Boston Braves scout Dewey Griggs signed 18-year-old Hank Aaron to a contract for $350 a month. At the time, Aaron was playing for the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns for $200 a month. Watching Aaron play as a Clowns shortstop, Griggs signed him the middle of the game. Aaron would play two years in the minor leagues before getting to play major league baseball. By this time, the Braves had moved to Milwaukee. In spring training for the 1954 season, Braves outfielder Bobby Thomson broke his ankle and on March 14, Hank Aaron replaced Thomson as a starting outfielder and went on to history.