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Legendary Hank Aaron Visits Capital City Stadium

11:36 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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Hank Aaron poses with the Columbia Blowfish moments after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch

Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- The man who many consider to be the true home run king was in Columbia Wednesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Capital City Stadium.

"Hammerin" Hank Aaron hit 755 career home runs in the majors and has a place in baseball history that only a handful of players have achieved.

Aaron has a long relationship with Blowfish President Bill Shanahan who is a part-owner of a minor league baseball team in Mobile, Alabama - Aaron's home town.

Shanahan called Aaron up and explained that this is in all likelihood the final year of baseball at Capital City Stadium and asked if the Hammer would be interesting in coming to Columbia as part of the send-off. Aaron accepted and that is what brought him to Columbia.

Aaron has a major place in history at the Cap as his final minor league game was in 1953 when he was a member of the Jacksonville Braves who were facing the Columbia Reds.

Nearly 60 years later, Aaron returned to the field for his last game before beginning his Hall of Fame career on the major league level.

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