MLB is devastated by the passing of Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, one of the greatest players and people in the history of our game. He was 86. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Baseball great and home run king Hank Aaron died in his sleep at home in the Atlanta metropolitan area on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the age of 86 — two weeks shy of his 87th birthday on February 5.
Hank Aaron played for the former Milwaukee Braves (1954-1965), the Atlanta Braves (1966-1974), and the Milwaukee Brewers (1975-1976).
Hank Aaron “Hammering Hank” broke Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714 with 715 home runs on April 8, 1974. Amid racist death threats and hate mail during the 1973 season, Hank Aaron had fallen short of tying the record held by Babe Ruth. Hank Aaron feared he might not live to see the 1974 season.
Hank Aaron’s 755th career home run on July 20, 1976, occurred while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, and stood as the MLB record for 33 years until it was broken in 2007 by Barry Bonds. Hank Aaron also had 3,771 career hits with a batting average of .305.
Aaron’s first home run on April 23, 1954 occurred during his first year as a major league player, and also while playing for the Milwaukee Braves. Following the 1965 MLB season, the Braves moved to Atlanta to reach a larger audience. The Braves had roots in Boston before Milwaukee.
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank. He was a beacon for our organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with our community efforts. His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the highest accomplishments, yet he never lost his humble nature. Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world. His success on the diamond was matched only by his business accomplishments off the field and capped by his extraordinary philanthropic efforts. We are heartbroken and thinking of his wife Billye and their children Gaile, Hank, Jr., Lary, Dorinda and Ceci and his grandchildren.”
— Atlanta Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk
BREAKING NEWS: Hall of Famer and one-time home run king Atlanta Braves legend Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron passed away this morning at the age of 86. https://t.co/v72XAnGpmY
— CBS46 (@cbs46) January 22, 2021
Forever a legend.
Rest In Peace, Hank Aaron ❤️ pic.twitter.com/CJcd0wMcCK
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) January 22, 2021
We join the baseball community in mourning the passing of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. The Los Angeles Dodgers send their condolences to the Aaron family and the Braves organization during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/Uo7qGOrZfq
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 22, 2021
BREAKING: Hank Aaron, the baseball legend who endured racist threats with stoic dignity as he broke Babe Ruth's career home run record, has died at 86. https://t.co/Re0rtZ0a79
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 22, 2021
“What a marvelous moment for baseball … What a marvelous moment for the country and the world.”
RIP Hank Aaron, one of the greatest of all time.pic.twitter.com/kjrvSK19BM
— MLB Vault (@MLBVault) January 22, 2021
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Hank Aaron, in his own words, on how he'd like to be remembered. pic.twitter.com/peOZb09CPC
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) January 22, 2021
Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greatest stars, has passed away at the age of 86. With 755 home runs, he was a legend and pioneer of the game. Aaron was a 25-time All-Star, World Series champion, and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/lqd7Sji6u2
— HISTORY (@HISTORY) January 22, 2021
You were more than an athlete.
Your leadership transcended sports.
And we are grateful for your courage and commitment to the freedom struggle.
Rest in power, #HankAaron.
We are praying for the Aaron family. pic.twitter.com/cTjRBWMZZV
— The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (@TheKingCenter) January 22, 2021
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) January 22, 2021
Hank Aaron, known for his sweet swing that carried him to 755 career home runs, which long stood as baseball's golden mark, has died.
He was 86. https://t.co/dA6Ws4Q00V
— ESPN (@espn) January 22, 2021
Watched Hank Aaron hit HR 715 on TV in April of '74. I can't remember if it was just before or after that night, but I stuck a nickel into a baseball card vending machine at K-Mart that spring and this card was on top. Topps had printed it before he'd actually broken the record. pic.twitter.com/ErIIDn7RWI
— Sports Collector (@SportsCollector) January 22, 2021
BREAKING: Hank Aaron, the home run king who was one of the greatest players in baseball history, has died. He was 86.https://t.co/38EwhTbkYX
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 22, 2021
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