Stephen King reacts to Hank Aaron’s passing
Hank Aaron was one of the greatest all-around baseball players of all time, so his passing was mourned not just by athletes, but also by others who were fans of the sport. One of them happened to be horror novelist Stephen King, who paid tribute to baseball’s one-time home run king on his Twitter account.
RIP The Hammer—Hank Aaron has passed away. Could he play the game, or what?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 22, 2021
Aside from being a best-selling author, King is also a lifelong baseball fan and is a known supporter of the Boston Red Sox and a season ticket holder. His love for the sport has also shown in his writing, as he published a novella in 2010 entitled “Blockade Billy,” about a fictional baseball catcher.
Even though he roots for a different team, the author clearly has a lot of respect for Hank Aaron, who played 23 seasons in the MLB, the majority of which was spent with the Milwaukee and later the Atlanta Braves. However, he did spend a couple of seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers toward the end of his illustrious career. The Hammer was a 25-time All-Star and the 1957 National League MVP, while also helping the Braves win the World Series that same year.
His record of 755 career home runs remained unchallenged for 33 years, and though it may have been surpassed, he still holds several MLB records to this day, including runs batted in, extra-base hits, and total bases. As one of its greatest players, it is only fitting that Aaron’s passing makes an impact beyond just fellow MLB players and athletes, as shown by King’s tribute on social media.