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Hank Aaron dies at 86: sports world mourns death of baseball legend

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Henry “Hank” Aaron passed away on Friday. He was 86 years old. Aaron, whose 23-year MLB career ranks among the best – if not the best – ever played, died in his Atlanta home.

He’s always been excellent during his MLB career, which spanned 21 seasons with the Milwaukee, then Atlanta, Braves and two seasons with the Brewers. The Hall of Famer in the first round won the 1957 NL MVP, leading the Braves to a World Series victory over defending champion Yankees. He was an All-Star selection 25 times – including 21 consecutive seasons – three-time Golden Glove winner and two-time batting title.

Aaron, who retired after the 1976 season, still holds MLB records for most career RBIs (2,297), extra hits (1,477) and total goals (6,856). He’s third all-time in career hits (3,771) and fourth in points (2,174). He’s also one of only four players to have at least 17 seasons of 150 hits or more.

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His biggest achievement on the field, however, is his 755 career home runs. He’s the only player with 20 seasons of 20 or more homers, and one of only two with 15 seasons of 30 or more homers. He won the all-time record with his 715th home run on April 8, 1974, just under 39 years after Babe Ruth set it at 714. And he did so amid waves of racism, of vitriol and hatred from those who made it across the country. I don’t want a black man to break it.

Aaron is not a legacy that can be contained in one or more articles – not for a man who has approached mythical status for generations of fans. This is evident by the waves of mourning and memories that flooded social media in the wake of the news of his death:


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