Video: Hank Aaron talks about a year of honors and career memories

Atlanta Braves hall of fame right fielder Hank Aaron laughs during an interview with reporters on Monday, January 30, 2017. Numerous celebrations in Aaron’s honor will be taking place in the near future, including a bronze statue at SunTrust Park, a gala Friday in honor of his 83rd birthday. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)
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Atlanta Braves hall of fame right fielder Hank Aaron laughs during an interview with reporters on Monday, January 30, 2017. Numerous celebrations in Aaron’s honor will be taking place in the near future, including a bronze statue at SunTrust Park, a gala Friday in honor of his 83rd birthday. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

Hank Aaron is beloved in Atlanta, but the region will be showing a new level of gratitude to the former Braves slugger and Hall of Famer this year.

On Friday night, the swells of Atlanta civic and business communities will gather at the Delta Flight Museum to toast his 83rd birthday — the big day is actually Sunday — with a gala in Aaron’s honor to benefit his foundation.

A newly cast bronze likeness of Aaron and other tributes to his Hall of Fame career will be fixtures of the Atlanta Braves’ new SunTrust Park in Cobb County, which opens this spring. And Georgia State University is planning to honor the Hammer at their future Panthers baseball field downtown at the site of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, where Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth’s home run record. That new field will likely open in 2019.

This week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sat down with Aaron to talk a little about baseball, his foundation and the honors he is scheduled to receive this year.

Check out the video and click here to read the full story at our subscriber website, MyAJC.com.