Hank Aaron, baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 86

Grant Boone
January 22, 2021

The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's former club, and Major League Baseball said the beloved Hall of Famer affectionately known as "Hammerin' Hank" passed away Friday morning. No further details about his cause of death were shared.

Aaron etched his name into sports immortality when he broke Babe Ruth's record for career home runs.

What made Aaron's success even more impressive was that he did it while dealing with racism, especially during his time in Atlanta as he chased Ruth's home run record. His 755 career home runs are second all-time to Barry Bonds.

His 2,297 runs batted in and 6,856 total bases still stand as Major League Baseball all-time records. Aaron, who many still see as baseball's true home run king, played 23 seasons in the big leagues with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers but was so much more than just a baseball player.

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Hank Aaron spent almost his entire career with the Braves, first in Milwaukee and then when they moved to Atlanta for the 1966 season. He was a 21-time MLB All-Star, a four-time NL home run leader, a four-time NL RBI leader, a three-time Gold Glove Award victor, and a two-time NL batting champion.

Included in his Hall of Fame bio is a quote from Muhammad Ali, which claims that Aaron was, "The only man I idolize more than myself". The icon later finished fourth in the rookie of the year voting after he hit.280 with 13 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Raised in Mobile, Alabama, Aaron experienced first-hand the racially-charged atrocities of the early-to-mid 20th century Deep South.

"What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia, what a marvelous moment for the country and the world". Aaron was an All-Star every year from 1955 to "75".

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