Fab 40: Hank Aaron and Jimmy Buffett

Hank Aaron

Homerun King and Member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame
Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, widely considered one of the world’s greatest baseball players (in 1999, editors at The Sporting News ranked him the fifth best of all time), banged out his record 715th homerun at 9:07 p.m. on April 15, 1975, during the fourth inning of a game in against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Aaron began his major league career in 1954 and would be named to the All-Star team every year from 1955 – 1975. After 20 seasons with the Braves in Milwaukee and Atlanta, he played his last two years (’75 – ’76) with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hank Aaron Stadium on Bolling Brothers Boulevard, home of the minor league Mobile BayBears, is named in his honor. The VIP club is an homage to his record number. Recently, Aaron’s childhood house was moved to the stadium and has become a popular museum.

Jimmy Buffett

Consummate Entertainer and Entrepreneur
Besides cheeseburgers in paradise, album sales, books, videos, nightclub performances and clothing lines, Buffett’s annual concert tour is his biggest draw. He consistently lands on Fortune magazine’s list of America’s highest-earning entertainers.

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Buffett was born near Pascagoula, Miss., on Christmas Day in 1946. His parents soon moved the family to Mobile, and Buffett’s father worked at the Alabama Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co. His grandfather, James Buffett Sr., captained his own ship, the Chicamauga, and brought back many tales of the world to share with his grandson. Those stories and his love of the water still inspire much of his songwriting.

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John Sellers

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