Hall of Famer and Braves legend Hank Aaron passes away at 86 years old
Hall of Famer and Braves legend Hank Aaron passed away Friday morning at the age of 86, according to CBS 46 in Atlanta.
Hammerin’ Hank broke Babe Ruth’s longstanding home run record in 1974 when he hit the 715th dinger of his career. Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs, a record broken by Barry Bonds in 2007. Bonds finished with 762 homers.
Hank Aaron spent nearly his entire career with the Braves, first in Milwaukee and then when they moved to Atlanta for the 1966 season. He spent the final two seasons of his 23-year career back in Milwaukee, but this time playing for the Brewers.
While Aaron doesn’t hold the home run record anymore, he does still own the records for most RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856). He hit .305 for his career with an on-base percentage of .374 and a slugging percentage of .555, good for an OPS of .928.
Aaron won his lone MVP in just his fourth season in 1957, but he was a candidate in numerous other years. He made 21 consecutive All-Star Games at one point in his career, with his first and last seasons in MLB representing the only years he didn’t play in the Midsummer Classic.
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. Aaron even received death threats during the chase, but he persevered through it all and is a hero to many.
Hank Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1982.