Hank Aaron went to spring training in 1954 hoping to go north with the Braves.
On this day in 1954, an injury to veteran Bobby Thomson opened the door for the young Aaron.
Aaron broke with the team and hit his first HR against the Cardinals in the first two weeks of the season. He batted .280 with 13 HR & 69 RBI. Aaron was 4th in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Wally Moon, Ernie Banks and Gene Conley.