The Philosophical Apprentice

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

Encyclopaedia Britannica Prompt for 25 February 2013 – Hank Aaron

Today’s Britannica post is on Hank Aaron.

Hank Aaron, byname of Henry Louis Aaron   (born February 5, 1934, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.), American professional baseball player who, during 23 seasons in the major leagues (1954–76), surpassed batting records set by some of the greatest hitters in the game, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial.

Not much of a link to philosophy unless you consider Aaron’s philosophy of hitting

“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.” – Hank Aaron

You might also enjoy this other piece of philosophical baseball

“I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens it won’t matter if I get this guy out.” – Bill Lee

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