Hank Aaron was a Boy Scout

It’s opening day, and to celebrate, we’re sharing the story of a baseball legend. Former Atlanta Brave and Baseball Hall of Fame member Hank Aaron was a Boy Scout. He calls Scouting¬†“the greatest thrill of growing up.”

Hank Aaron played 23 seasons seasons in Major League Baseball, all but two of them for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. He held the MLB home record for over 33 years and still holds numerous offensive records. Aaron won the Golden Glove award three times and holds the record for the most seasons as a league All-Star.

Many people don’t know that Hank Aaron grew up in Boy Scouts. He was a Scout in his home town of Mobile, Alabama where he remembers directing traffic with his Troop. Aaron also recalls having to save up his own money to buy uniform pants, because his family couldn’t afford them at the time.

Hank Aaron has continued to support Scouting throughout his career and was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award in 1984.

Hear some stories of Aaron’s time as a Scout in the video below: