The Tom Johnson Lecture Series Presents Hank Aaron

Jan 22, 2015

What: A conversation with baseball legend Hank Aaron

When: Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Where: LBJ Auditorium
2313 Red River St.
Free parking in lot #38

Media availability: Due to Mr. Aaron’s travel schedule, he is not able to meet with news media prior to the evening program. Reporters/photographers are welcome to cover the program.

Media contact: Anne Wheeler
[email protected]

AUSTIN, TX – Baseball legend Hank Aaron will participate in a conversation at the LBJ Presidential Library on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6 p.m. Leading the discussion will be Mark Updegrove, LBJ Library Director.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Braves front office, Aaron enjoyed a 23-year major league career during which he rewrote baseball’s hitting record book. He holds more major league batting records than any other player in the game’s history. On May 17,1970, Aaron became the first player to compile both 3,000 career hits and more than 500 homers. In 1974, he hit 715 home runs, breaking Babe Ruth’s record. Along with Frank Robinson, Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY, on August 1, 1982.

With his wife Billye, he is the founder of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. Aaron has received numerous civic awards, including the Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Bush, and the Presidential Citizens Medal, awarded by President Clinton.

The Tom Johnson Lectureship was established in 2010 in recognition of and appreciation for Mr. Johnson's 30 years of distinguished service as chairman of The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson served as executive assistant to President Johnson and, later, as president and then chairman of CNN. The lectures made possible by the Tom Johnson Lectureship will be open to the student body of The University of Texas at Austin and the general public free of charge.