Hank Aaron broke into the big leagues in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves and made an immediate impact. For the first four years of his career, the manager of the Braves was Charlie Grimm.
Over that four-year span, Aaron was a three-time All Star and league MVP. By the time Grimm was fired, Aaron had twice led the league in doubles and total bases, and once each in hits, runs, homers, runs batted in, and batting average. He was well on his way to a Hall of Fame career.
After Aaron was voted into the Hall with 98.7% of the vote Grimm at that time 83 years old, sent Hank a congratulatory telegram. In the collection is this letter from Aaron to Grim thanking him for the “kind thoughts” of the telegram.
Grim died the following year in 1983.
One can only imagine how many positive letters, cards, and telegrams Aaron must have received after gaining admission to Cooperstown. Though the ceremony would take place later that summer, Aaron wrote the letter in January, showing a strong bond between him and Grimm.
Aaron letters are difficult to find, especially with content as strong as this example.
Agreed best player I have ever seen.
Rich Leiberman Wahl