Aaron honored in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Hank Aaron was back in his hometown of Mobile for a belated 75th birthday celebration on the eve of the 35th anniversary of his most famous home run.

More than 500 people gathered at Mobile's Arthur Outlaw Convention Center on Tuesday to honor the Hall of Famer, who turned 75 on Feb. 5.

Minor league baseball president Pat O'Connor and former New York Mets star Cleon Jones were among the local dignitaries out to honor Aaron.

Aaron is scheduled on Wednesday to visit Hank Aaron Stadium, where the Double-A Mobile BayBears have moved his childhood home and are renovating it into a museum.

Proceeds from Tuesday's event and silent auction of baseball memorabilia went to benefit BayBear Charities and the Hank Aaron Childhood Home Museum.

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