Legendary Baseball Player Hank Aaron Dead at Age 86, Baseball’s Home Run King for 30 Years

By  //  January 22, 2021

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Aaron passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list on April 8, 1974

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(MLB) – Hank Aaron, a son of the Deep South who soared above its poverty and racism to become one of the most consequential figures in American history, died Friday at age 86.

His death surely will prompt an outpouring of tributes from those who’d known him personally or simply been inspired by a remarkable life lived with relentless dignity and grace in the face of a seemingly endless fountain of hate during his pursuit of a sacred baseball record — 714 home runs — held by a white icon, Babe Ruth.

Aaron passed Ruth on the all-time home run list on April 8, 1974, at age 40, and then played parts of two more seasons to put the finishing touches on a Major League career that spanned 23 seasons, from his debut as a 20-year-old for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 to his retirement in 1976 as a 25-time All-Star, National League Most Valuable Player (1957) and two-time batting champion. He hit .393 when the Braves won a seven-game World Series against the Yankees in 1957.

He was baseball’s home run king for 30 years.

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ABOVE VIDEO: Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run.

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