It was a bittersweet ending to Hank Aaron’s career–back in the city he loved, but struggling with the shortcomings–his own and those of his new team.
Henry Aaron began his 755-homer career in Milwaukee in 1954 with the Braves before they moved to Atlanta, and was brought back to Milwaukee, with the Brewers, as a hero. But this was a different Aaron, used almost exclusively as a designated hitter. Aaron, who hit 40 or more home runs in eight seasons, hit 12 in 1975 and just 10 in 1976, none in his final 65 at-bats.
His last homer even caused some controversy among the Brewers’ grounds crew–one member of which got fired–and then got rich.