ATLANTA — A fellowship in the name of Henry Aaron has been established from the Atlanta Braves to help increase diversity in baseball and construct on Aaron’s legacy.
The Henry Aaron Fellowship is a yearlong executive leadership program to provide an opportunity to work in the Braves’ front office and straight using Braves president and CEO Derek Schiller. The individual will gain expertise in all parts of the Braves’ business operations in addition to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
With the All-Star Game slated for Atlanta’s Truist Park in July, the fellow will also get to work on preparing and executing the game along with surrounding activities.
“Hank’s life-long passion was to improve diversity across every aspect of baseball,” Schiller said in a statement. “This really is special because it enables us to build upon his heritage by producing a stronger organization today whilst continuing to develop the ability pipeline to affix the game’s next generation of leadership.”
Aaron played the Braves for 21 of the 23 big league seasons. He joined the team in 1976 as a vice president and director of player development, and was a senior vice president to the team from 1989 until his death on Jan. 22.
Friday would have been Aaron’s 87th birthday, and to celebrate the state of Wisconsin made the day Hank Aaron Day.
Aaron played 14 seasons in Milwaukee, going together with the team to Atlanta before the 1966 season, and then playing the final two decades of his career for the Brewers.