Hank Aaron Statue

Hank Aaron Statue, Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI

Carson Park is home to a baseball stadium where the former Eau Claire Bears, then a member of the Northern League once played. Outside its entrance stands a statue honoring Baseball Hall of Fame player Hank Aaron, who played here early in his career. The park is located on a 134-acre peninsula created by an oxbow lake, Half Moon Lake, created as part of the former course of the Chippewa River.

Hank Aaron, who set the major league home run record of 755 home runs, is honored in a bronze sculpture of his playing days in Eau Claire in front of the Carson Park Stadium- Hank began his career playing for the Eau Claire Bears in 1952.

Home to a bronze statue of "Hammerin' Hank" stands in the plaza outside Carson Park Stadium, where he dug into a professional batter's box for the first time in  his professional debut with the Eau Claire Bears, a Class C farm team of the major league Milwaukee Braves. He cracked a run-scoring single in his first at-bat, and went on to hit .336 for the season and be selected the Northern League's Rookie of the Year.

Hank Aaron was on hand here in 1994 when his statue was dedicated. The stadium dates back to 1937 when it opened to serve the Northern League Eau Claire Bears (and later on, after it became a Milwaukee farm team, the Eau Claire Braves). Today, Carson Park Stadium hosts the amateur Eau Claire Cavaliers, American Legion ball, Little League and several high school teams.  A statue honoring Aaron sits at the entrance of the ballpark. The statue was the work of artist Ken Campbell, who died shortly after delivering the clay bust to a Utah foundry to make the monument to baseball's greatest home-run hitter.

The Eau Claire Baseball History Committee, an informal group of baseball enthusiasts, organized in 2003 to save historical local baseball memorabilia, has developed a plan to recognize contributors to the city’s rich baseball tradition. The committee has developed a plan to add to the plaza around the Hank Aaron statue, at the Carson Park Baseball Stadium, to recognize three groups of people in a “Hall of Fame” manner and will be upgraded this summer with a partial wall, fence and plaques to honor the first two members of the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame.

Location, direction and Contact Info:

Hank Aaron Statue
Carson Park
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Directions from Nearest Town/Intersection
Hwy 53 North. Take the Clairemont Ave. (Hwy 12 west) exit. Right on Menomonie Street. Left on Carson Park Drive.
Phone: 715-523-3866