Measuring Hank Aaron’s career by his home runs is like appraising a painting based on its number of brushstrokes. Yes, “Hammerin’ Hank” broke the most celebrated record in American sports history and reigned as baseball’s home run king for 33 years. Yet focusing on the longball sells him short. Turn all 755 of his homers into outs and Aaron is still a member of the 3,000 hit club. Only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb had more hits. Take away 722 total bases (180 homers plus a double) and he is still the all-time leader. No one drove in more runs…

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