Aaron molded careers of World Series managers Snitker, Baker

FILE - In this June 20, 2009, file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, left, stands with his son Darren Baker, center, and baseball great Hank Aaron as the national anthem is played at the Civil Rights Game ceremony before a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. Baker, now the manager of the Houston Astros, and Brian Snitker, manager of the Atlanta Braves, say Aaron would have loved being able to watch this World Series. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

Hank Aaron’s imprint is firmly stamped on the World Series.

His No. 44 has been painted on the grass in center field at the Braves’ Truist Park all season. It remains in big, bold green for Friday night’s Game 3 against the Houston Astros.

The impact of Aaron, the Hall of Famer who died on Jan. 22, is seen in much more than the number.

“Hank’s footprints are all over this series,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said.

If not for Aaron, it’s possible neither Baker nor Atlanta manager Brian Snitker would hold their current jobs.

“I would assume he helped mold both of us, Dusty as a young player and me as a young manager/coach,” Snitker said Thursday. “He was very instrumental, I know, in both our careers because I know both of us just loved the man to death for what he did for us.”

Aaron was responsible for convincing Baker to sign with the Braves as a teenage outfielder in 1967. Aaron, already an established star, promised Baker’s mother he would take care of her young son.