Tuesday July 22, 2008
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The childhood home of former baseball home
run king Hank Aaron will be donated to the city where he grew up
and will become a museum operated by the city's minor-league team.
The home is expected to be moved in October next to "The
Hank," or Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears. Aaron's
family and team officials made the announcement Monday.
The three-bedroom home, which is currently boarded up, could
open as a museum in late March. The city will own the house, but
the team will handle the renovations and run the museum.
Aaron, now 74, grew up in Mobile's Toulminville neighborhood,
about a block from a city park that now bears his name. He hit 755
home runs -- a record that stood until it was broken last year by
Barry Bonds. Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said it has "tremendous" tourism
potential and called Aaron an "ambassador for Mobile."
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