The National Baseball Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Rod Carew and John Schuerholz spoke about the Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who died on Friday at the age of 86, during visits to the former Green Diamond Gallery in the suburb of Cincinnati, among others Montgomery.
When asked what kind of teammates Aaron and Willie Mays are, Cepeda said, “Both were great ball players. Both could do anything – run, throw, hit. But they were just as good as team-mates.”
Carew believed in the integrity of the game and always respected players like Aaron, former New York Yankees star Roger Maris, and former Cincinnati Reds star and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. “They have all reached the top of their profession and they have done it honestly. They have not cheated.”
Schuerholz, general manager of the Braves in the Hall of Fame from 1990 to 2007 and president of the team from 2007 to 2016, said the following of Aaron during his visit to Cincinnati in July 2019: “He has an office in the hallway from me. He is one remarkable person. One of the greatest who will ever play. He has managed to fight his way through very challenging circumstances for him and his family. When he started playing professional baseball he hit crossed hands. He’s a top notch Gentleman of high character. “”
Aaron hit his 714th home run at Riverfront Stadium in front of the Reds’ Jack Billingham to tie Babe Ruth on opening day 1974.
Hall of Famer Don Sutton, who died earlier this week at the age of 75, told baseball fans during a 2014 appearance in the gallery“I loved your city and Sparky (Anderson). I hated your lawn (Riverfront Stadium).”
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