Baseball legend Hank Aaron remembers his father building the family’s home in the 1940s in Mobile’s Toulminville neighborhood using wood from torn down houses and whatever else he could find. The modest structure that was Aaron’s childhood home has now been moved to GasLight Park at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, where a groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday. The house will be restored to look like it did when it was built in 1942 and will be turned into the Hank Aaron Museum and Learning Center . . .Sometimes I think it's worth remembering just how amazing Hank Aaron is.
. . . Each year, (dad) added on to it. When it was first built, it was just a house,” Aaron said. “In later years, when I would come back, you knew you were coming back to something your father built, something I had a hand in helping to build. It made you feel proud.” Aaron said his father, Herbert Aaron, spent $100 to buy the almost two acres of land for the home site. He said the roof occasionally leaked and he recalled having to share space with seven siblings. “The first one that got to bed was the one that got most of the cover,” Aaron said.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Hank Aaron's boyhood home is being restored: