“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

Hank Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer and home run king. A native of Mobile, Ala., Aaron, 80, is second on the all-time home run list with 755 (Many baseball aficionados, however, still consider him No. 1 given that his record was broken during baseball’s “steroid era” beginning in the late 1990s). Aaron hit is first home run on April 23, 1954 during his rookie year.