Hank Aaron was a legendary baseball player best known for breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974. Aaron hit 755 home runs in his career, which is still the most in MLB history; however, the thing I found fascinating was he stole more bases than anyone in the game, 240 bases stolen in his career.
Join Mr. Aaron high atop the cityscape of Atlanta as he poses for a few photos with his favorite custom bat. I added his 240 steals prominently in the foreground with the two Chinese Kanji symbols that mean stolen base. The Kanji symbols add a touch of elegance to the painting.
"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." -Hank Aaron
Aaron is smiling in the painting, but there is also a hint of determination in his eyes. He knows he’s one of the best base stealers in baseball history, and he is proud of his accomplishments. I wanted to capture his greatness, but it also shows his humility.
His base-stealing soul is an aspect of his legacy that is often overshadowed by his home run record. Aaron brought a sense of grandeur to the game and I salute him as a legendary figure in the world of baseball.
"Consistency is what counts; you have to be able to do things over and over again." - Hank Aaron
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." - Hank Aaron
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