Hammerin' Hank Aaron never hammered the White Sox

Hammerin' Hank Aaron never hammered the White Sox
August 24, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Pop quiz: Which team is the only team Hank Aaron played against without hitting a home run?

If you said the Chicago White Sox, then you're absolutely right.

Baseball's former home-run king was in Chicago this weekend for events surrounding the annual Civil Rights Game, and perhaps he was joined by memories of that peculiar baseball stat.

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Aaron, of course, smashed 755 long balls in his 23-year career, a number that stood atop MLB's all-time leader board until 2007, when Barry Bonds became the new career record-holder.

But of the 22 teams Aaron played against over his career, the White Sox were the only ones that kept him in the park.

To Aaron's credit, he played just two years in the American League, appearing in only 222 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in the mid-70s, this after 21 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. Therefore, his exposure to AL teams was comparably low, and he hit just 22 of his 755 against those opponents.

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Even still, in 19 games against the South Siders, Aaron never left the park. He managed to hit at least one homer against other AL teams with about the same number of games played. His high against an AL opponent was four against the then-California Angels, who he saw an identical 19 times.

All-in-all, Aaron went 15-for-59 in his career against the Sox, tallying a double, a triple, eight walks and six RBIs.

So, while it's just one of those strange baseball statistical factoids, the Sox can always hold those bragging rights over one of the game's all-time greats.