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Hank Aaron Museum guide04/15/2010 3:11 AM ET
By Benjamin Hill / MLB.com
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum includes hundreds of artifacts and mementos related to the life and times of one of Mobile's most famous natives.
Here's a look at the way the museum is organized.
First room: A vintage Mobile Bears cap and jersey immediately greets visitors, a fitting centerpiece for a room that is dedicated to Mobile baseball and city history. Historical background is provided on the socioeconomic context in which Herbert Aaron built the home, a time when Jim Crow segregation laws severely limited the rights of African-Americans to take part in Mobile's booming economy.
Second room: This room includes more information on the Aaron family, with the dominant item being Estelle Aaron's china cabinet. Family photos include a shot of Estelle, Hank and wife Billye with President Bill Clinton.
Third room: Aaron began his career in the world of segregated baseball, and detailed writeups are provided on the Mobile Black Bears and Indianapolis Clowns. A jersey featuring the black and red stylings of the latter club is one of the room's prominent pieces. Also of note is an early Aaron bat inventory sheet provided by the Louisville Slugger company.
Fourth room: The memorabilia contained therein is largely dedicated to Aaron's 1957 season with the pennant-winning Milwaukee Braves. Items include an original World Series program, as well as a contract with the Topps baseball card company.
Fifth Room: Estelle Aaron's kitchen is brought back to life thanks to an array of original knick-knacks and cooking ware. The period detail is further enhanced by vintage appliances and wallpaper patterns. The kitchen is described as the heart of the Aaron family home. Meals were shared, justice was dispensed and bonding took place.
Sixth room: The Boys room: Henry, Tommie and James. Along one wall are a variety of framed newspapers commemorating numerically significant home runs, as well as awards and trophies in honor of these milestones. Along the opposite wall are replica lockers bearing the names of Hank and his sibling, Tommie (a fellow Major Leaguer).
Seventh room: Aaron's pursuit of the all-time home run record was the most widely scrutinized and dramatic part of his career, and the entire left wall features clippings, posters and trophies documenting this trying but ultimately triumphant time. The remainder of the room is given over to his post-playing career, including info on his Hall of Fame induction and charitable endeavors.