SI's Best Photos of Hank Aaron

Hall of Famer and 21-time MLB All-Star Hank Aaron, whom many baseball fans still consider to be the game's true home run king — his 755 career home runs is second only to Barry Bonds' 762 — turned 83 years old on Feb. 5, 2017. In celebration of Hammerin' Hank's 83rd birthday, we present SI's 44 best photos of No. 44 through the years.

Hank Aaron rounds third base after hitting a home run in the Milwaukee Braves game against the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 30, 1956 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. - Richard Meek
1 of 65 Richard Meek
Hank Aaron poses during spring training for the Milwaukee Braves on March 8, 1957 at Braves Field in Bradenton, Fla. - John G. Zimmerman
2 of 65 John G. Zimmerman
Hank Aaron stretches with teammates during spring training for the Milwaukee Braves on March 8, 1957 at Braves Field in Bradenton, Fla. - John G. Zimmerman
4 of 65 John G. Zimmerman
Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews warm up during spring training for the Milwaukee Braves on March 8, 1957 at Braves Field in Bradenton, Fla. - John G. Zimmerman
5 of 65 John G. Zimmerman
Hank Aaron bats during the Milwaukee Braves spring training game against the New York Yankees on March 29, 1957 at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. - John G. Zimmerman
7 of 65 John G. Zimmerman
Hank Aaron runs to first base during a Milwaukee Braves spring training game on March 30, 1957 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - John G. Zimmerman
8 of 65 John G. Zimmerman
Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron smile before a spring training game between the Milwaukee Braves and New York Yankees on March 1, 1958 at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. - Richard Meek
10 of 65 Richard Meek
Hank Aaron bats during the Milwaukee Braves game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. - Neil Leifer
11 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron demonstrates a bad batting stance for Milwaukee Braves teammates Ray Boone (19), Mike Krsnich (42) and Eddie Mathews (41) during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. - Neil Leifer
13 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron runs past first base during the Milwaukee Braves game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 23, 1961 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. - Neil Leifer
14 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron and pitcher Roger Craig watch a home run by Aaron during the Milwaukee Braves game against the New York Mets on April 21, 1963 at the Polo Grounds in New York City. - Neil Leifer
16 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron smiles for a portrait during spring training circa 1964 in West Palm Beach, Fla. - Walter Iooss Jr.
17 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Hank Aaron smiles in the dugout before the Milwaukee Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 20, 1964 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. - Neil Leifer
19 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron poses in his Atlanta Braves uniform before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 7, 1966 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. - Neil Leifer
20 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron bats during the Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 7, 1966 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. - Neil Leifer
22 of 65 Neil Leifer
(Left to right) Red Schoendienst, Matty Alou, Don Kessinger, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Ron Santo, Cleon Jones, Johnny Bench and Felix Millan line up on the field during player introductions for the MLB All-Star Game on July 23, 1969 at RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. - Neil Leifer
23 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron smiles in the locker room before the Atlanta Braves game against the Montreal Expos on Aug. 6, 1969 at Jarry Park Stadium in Montreal. - Walter Iooss Jr.
25 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Hank Aaron bats during the Atlanta Braves game against the Montreal Expos on Aug. 6, 1969 at Jarry Park Stadium in Montreal. - Walter Iooss Jr.
26 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Hank Aaron appears on the Aug. 18, 1969 cover of Sports Illustrated. - Neil Leifer
28 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron plays cards in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse circa 1969 at Atlanta Stadium. - Walter Iooss Jr.
29 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Hank Aaron looks to bat during the Atlanta Braves game against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 30, 1971 at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. - Neil Leifer
31 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron poses for a portrait during spring training for the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 1974 in West Palm Beach, Fla. - Walter Iooss Jr.
32 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Hank Aaron is congratulated by teammates after hitting his 714th career home run to tie Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 4, 1974 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. - Tony Triolo
34 of 65 Tony Triolo
Hank Aaron receives an award from commissioner Bowie Kuhn after hitting his 714th career home run to tie Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 4, 1974 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. - Tony Triolo
35 of 65 Tony Triolo
Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium. - Tony Triolo
37 of 65 Tony Triolo
Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium. - Walter Iooss Jr.
38 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Hank Aaron is congratulated by infielders Bill Russell (left) and Davey Lopes after hitting his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium. - Neil Leifer
40 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron is congratulated by fans on the field after hitting his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium. - Neil Leifer
41 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record during the Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium. - Tony Triolo
43 of 65 Tony Triolo
Hank Aaron appears on the April 15, 1974 cover of Sports Illustrated. - Neil Leifer
44 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during player introductions for the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Cleveland Indians on April 11, 1975 at Milwaukee County Stadium. - Heinz Kluetmeier
46 of 65 Heinz Kluetmeier
Hank Aaron waves his hat to the crowd before the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Cleveland Indians on April 11, 1975 at Milwaukee County Stadium. - Heinz Kluetmeier
47 of 65 Heinz Kluetmeier
Hank Aaron acknowledges the crowd after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 2 of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians on Oct. 22, 1995 at Atlanta Stadium. - V.J. Lovero
49 of 65 V.J. Lovero
Hank Aaron poses for a portrait on May 15, 2001 at his BMW dealership in Atlanta. - Walter Iooss Jr.
50 of 65 Walter Iooss Jr.
Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron throw out ceremonial first pitches on Jackie Robinson Day prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres on April 15, 2007 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. - John W. McDonough
52 of 65 John W. McDonough
Hank Aaron (in 1964) appears on the July 23, 2007 cover of Sports Illustrated. - Neil Leifer
53 of 65 Neil Leifer
Hank Aaron and his wife Billye wave to the crowd during the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade on July 15, 2008 on 6th Avenue in New York City. - Mel Levine
55 of 65 Mel Levine
Hank Aaron shakes hands with Jason Heyward before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Atlanta Braves game against the Chicago Cubs on April 5, 2010 at Turner Field in Atlanta. - Bob Rosato
56 of 65 Bob Rosato
Hank Aaron throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Jason Heyward before the Atlanta Braves game against the Chicago Cubs on April 5, 2010 at Turner Field in Atlanta. - Bob Rosato
58 of 65 Bob Rosato
Hank Aaron poses during a photo shoot on April 18, 2014 at his home in Atlanta. - Jeffery A. Salter
59 of 65 Jeffery A. Salter
Hank Aaron poses during a photo shoot on April 18, 2014 at his home in Atlanta. - Jeffery A. Salter
61 of 65 Jeffery A. Salter
Hank Aaron points to the crowd while presenting the Hank Aaron Award to Giancarlo Stanton before Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals on Oct. 25, 2004 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. - John W. McDonough
62 of 65 John W. McDonough
Johnny Bench applauds Hank Aaron, who waves to the crowd, before the MLB All-Star Game on July 14, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. - Andrew Hancock
64 of 65 Andrew Hancock
Hank Aaron shakes hands with Kris Bryant during a press conference announcing Bryant as the winner of the 2016 NL Hank Aaron Award for the league's top hitter before Game 2 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on Oct. 26, 2016 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. - Stephen Green
65 of 65 Stephen Green
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