Hank Aaron, who hit 755 home runs, has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Major League Baseball legend “Hammerin’” Hank Aaron has passed away. He was 86.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He reportedly passed away on Friday morning.

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“Hank Aaron is near the top of everyone’s list of all-time great players,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “His monumental achievements as a player were surpassed only by his dignity and integrity as a person. Hank symbolized the very best of our game, and his all-around excellence provided Americans and fans across the world with an example to which to aspire. His career demonstrates that a person who goes to work with humility every day can hammer his way into history – and find a way to shine like no other.

“Hank eagerly supported our efforts to celebrate the game’s best and to find its next generation of stars, including through the Hank Aaron Award, which recognizes offensive excellence by Major League players, and the Hank Aaron Invitational, which provides exposure to elite young players. He became a close friend to me in recent years as a result of his annual visit to the World Series. That friendship is one of the greatest honors of my life. I am forever grateful for Hank’s impact on our sport and the society it represents, and he will always occupy a special place in the history of our game. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Hank’s wife, Billye, their family, the fans of Atlanta and Milwaukee, and the millions of admirers earned by one of the pillars of our game.”

Aaron began his playing career with the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro Leagues. He spent one season with the team in 1952.

He then joined Major League Baseball in 1954. Aaron was part of the Braves organization from 1954 through 1974.

He first played for the Milwaukee Braves in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before joining the relocated team in Atlanta, Georgia.

His final two seasons were spent with the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent time with the Brewers in 1975 and 1976 before leaving the sport.

The Mobile, Alabama-born athlete was a 25-time MLB All-Star. This is a record for any player in MLB history.

Also, Aaron was part of the Milwaukee Braves team in 1957 that won the World Series. They defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7.

For many, “Hammerin’ Hank” is the home run king with his 755 home runs. However, in the MLB record books, Barry Bonds is considered the home run king.

The belief is that Bonds cheated during his career. He allegedly took steroids, which changed the trajectory of his career.

Aaron’s No. 44 number is retired by both the Braves and the Brewers. Also, he is part of the Braves Hall of Fame.

In 1982, Aaron received the ultimate honor of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also part of the MLB’s All-Century Team.

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