Hank Aaron Honors Late Father
May. 27, 1998
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Baseball great Hank Aaron used the funeral of his 89-year-old father to reverse their usual roles.
``He did his share of bragging about me. Now I'm bragging about him. Farewell, dad,'' Aaron said Tuesday at the funeral for Herbert Aaron Sr.
The elder Aaron, father of eight, including two major league baseball players _ the home-run king and the late Tommie Aaron _ labored for 30 years in a shipyard. He was never a coach, but he understood and loved the game of baseball, Hank Aaron said.
Mayor Mike Dow said the elder Aaron will be missed.
``His smiling face was always a fixture at BayBears games. He made me feel good every time we talked,'' said Dow, who was in the overflow crowd at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
The Mobile BayBears' baseball stadium is named after Hank Aaron, a Hall of Famer who broke Babe Ruth's home run record of 714 home runs and finished with 755. Last Oct. 24, the elder Aaron was honored at the stadium.
``I felt so proud sitting next to my dad in a stadium that shared our name as he celebrated his 89th birthday,'' Hank Aaron said. ``They put his name on the marquee and that brought him great joy. He was in his glory enjoying every moment.''
The elder Aaron died at home May 21.