22. Hank Aaron

Young Henry “Hank” Aaron started the 1952 season playing for the Indianapolis Clowns of the then-fading Negro Leagues. Aaron was such an immediate sensation that the Boston Braves purchased his contract from Indianapolis by the end of 1952. He went on to play with Eau Claire of the Northern League where he had a great season.

When his minor league season ended Aaron rejoined the Indianapolis Clowns to participate in the Negro League World Series tour against the Birmingham Black Barons. The tour started on September 14th in Birmingham and then was scheduled to proceed to Memphis on the 15th, Little Rock on the 16th, here in Hot Springs on the 17th, then on to Nashville and several other stops before the tour ended in New Orleans in mid-October.

At the conclusion of the series the Chicago Defender, a weekly newspaper in Chicago, singled out Henry “Hank” Aaron as the star of the series.