Atlanta- Senior Vice-President for the Atlanta Braves and retired MLB right fielder, Hank Aaron, was the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster by his final season in 1976.
Aaron played for the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro American League for three months before receiving two major league offers from the Braves and the Giants. After signing with the Braves in 1952, he moved his way up through the team and found himself at spring training just two years later.
He was named to the NL All-Star roster in 1955, NL Player of the Year in 1956 and NL MVP Award in 1957. In 1968, Aaron was the first Braves player to hit his 5000th career home run and in 1970, he was the first Brave to reach 3,000 career hits.
The 1973-74 seasons were risky for Aaron due to the access amount of death threats rooted in racism resulted from him breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record in 74.
Aaron rejoined the Braves as an executive after the 1976 season and later was made vice president and director of player development. He has served as senior vice president to he Braves’ president since 1980.
August 1, 1982, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.