Hank Aaron, one of Major League Baseball’s all-time legends died Friday at the age o f86.
During Aaron’s 23 year career with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, and then Milwaukee Brewers, Aaron hit 755 home runs, and was the all-time home run leader when he retired until his record was later beaten by Barry Bonds.
Aaron is still the all-time leader in runs batted in with 2,297. In 1982, the legendary slugger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, garnering over 97% of the vote.
The Braves released a statement from chairman Terry McGuirk about the passing of Aaron. “We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank,” Atlanta Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said in a statement. “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.
Aaron broke the all-time home run record of Babe Ruth on April 8, 1974 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It still is one of the most iconic moments in sports history.
It’s unclear as to the cause of Aaron’s death. He had received a COVID-19 vaccination shot earlier in the month, and had called on black Americans to get their shots when it became available.