MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile native Hank Aaron could receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin introduced the bill on July 9, 2013. According to the bill, the medal would recognize Aaron's "contributions to the national pastime of baseball and his perseverance in overcoming discrimination and adversity to become a role model for all Americans."
On April 8, 1974, the then Atlanta Braves slugger surpassed Babe Ruth's 714 home runs to become baseball's all-time home run king. At the end of his career, Aaron had 755 home runs, a record that was not beaten until 2007 by Barry Bonds. To this day, Aaron still holds several Major League records, including most career RBIs (2,297), most career extra base hits (1,477), most career total bases (6,856), and most consecutive season with 150 or more hits (17).
The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest awards available to civilians. Aaron received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2002.
Alabama Congressman Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile is listed as a co-sponsor of the bill, which has been referred to the Committee on Financial Services.
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