It’s not every day that a ticket to a baseball game also gets you admission to the childhood home of a baseball Hall of Famer. However, that is precisely what you will find at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala., home of the Mobile BayBears. In 2008, the city moved the childhood home of Mobile-native Henry Louis (“Hank”) Aaron to the grounds of the stadium that bears his name.
History of the home
Herbert Aaron, Hank’s father, built the house in 1942. It initially consisted of three rooms, but the Aaron family gradually expanded the house. It now has seven rooms, and it is possible to see where the Aaron family added an extension to the rear of the house. In 2008, the city moved the home from its original location in the Toulminville section of Mobile, restored, and dedicated it on April 14, 2010, as the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum.
Inside the home
When visitors enter the home they are greeted by Hank Aaron’s voice detailing his childhood in segregated Mobile, and see a sign detailing the transformation of the home into a museum.
The first room to the left used to be the bedroom of Hank and his brothers. It has now been converted into a room that preserves Aaron family pieces, including a dress worn by his mother Estella.
The only room in the house that resembles its original appearance is the kitchen.
The remainder of the exhibits chronicle Aaron’s illustrious baseball career starting with playing semi-professional baseball for an independent Negro League team and concluding with his final season in the Major Leagues playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Most notable among the exhibits are the items associated with hitting the record-breaking 715th career homerun, which made him the Major League homerun king.
The exhibits focus primarily on the accomplishments of Hank Aaron, but his younger brother Tommie also played and later coached in the Major Leagues. Two lockers feature items from Hank and Tommie’s careers in baseball, including photographs of them as teammates on the Atlanta Braves.
The home centers around what Hank Aaron accomplished on the baseball field, but it was first and foremost a family home. As visitors exit the home you see a portrait of Hank’s parents, Herbert and Estella Aaron. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig commissioned the piece in honor of the dedication of the home museum.
If you want to visit the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum, and cannot attend a baseball game, it is also open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.