This week, I’m thankful that Hank Aaron won the MVP Award in 1957. It would have been a shame for Hammer to go through his career without at least one.
It’s appropriate that he won it with the 1957 Braves. It’s one of my favorite Braves teams of all time. Teammates Schoendienst hit .310 and Mathews homered 32 times and scored 109 runs. 1957 was the year Bob Hazle hit .403 and 7 homers in limited play got his crazy APBA card. And with Spahn, Burdette and Buhl leading the way, their pitching was second to none.
That year, Hank Aaron cracked an apropos 44 homers which led the NL. He also paced the league with 132 rbis and 118 runs. He followed up his .328 1956 batting championship year with a .322 average in 1957.
With Aaron’s 1-5-5-5 power numbers, Aaron becomes Mr Clutch with runners on base. It’s a pretty rare combination to dole out by the Company. Along with his two 7s, Aaron also gets four 8s so his last 9 ends up at 42.
Aaron struck out about as much as he walked (58 to 57). He gets three 14s and two 13s.
Fun numbers: 22-5, 33-5, 55-7
Looking at his splits, I notice that in 1957, manager Fred Haney batted him second in the lineup approximately one-third of the season. He actually hit better and with more power in the second spot.
By the way, the above card is from the second reprint of the 1957 season. Some others may have different versions to report in. Also, this is Hank Aaron’s second visit to the Monster Card Monday column. Here is his card from 1973.