Unfortunately, the world lost one of the greatest human beings of all time over the weekend. Hank Aaron passed away at the age of 86. The MLB’s all-time home run king was quite literally one of the best baseball players of all time. He was as good of a human being as he was a baseball player which makes this loss hard. He didn’t play against the Chicago White Sox as much as some other teams but he was able to play against them a little bit during his time as a Major Leaguer.
Hank Aaron had some very interesting statistics against the Chicago White Sox.
Hank Aaron played against the Chicago White Sox 19 times in his career. Aaron played against 22 teams in his MLB career and the White Sox are the only team that he never hit a home run against. He had at least one against every other team he played. It is remarkable that the Sox are the only team that didn’t relinquish a single home run to the guy who (at the time) had the most of all time.
Aaron had a slash line of .254/.343/.305 with an OPS of .648. He also had six RBIs and 15 hits. Those are pretty good numbers but just looking at how a legend like that hit against our team is the most interesting part. He was only in the American League for the final two years of his career so it was obviously a smaller sample size than the National League opponents he faced.
Hank Aaron’s numbers against everyone are truly remarkable. One of the craziest stats of his career is that if you erased all of his home runs, he would still have over 3000 hits which is a starting point for Hall of Fame voting. No other member of the 500 home run (or more) club could say that. He was one of the most remarkable players of all time.
Seeing a Hall of Fame player pass away is always sad, but it is even worse when they are a Hall of Fame human being. It is really cool to see how he did against our team on the South Side of Chicago despite it only being a 19 game sample size. He was bigger than baseball and we will always remember his legacy.