Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Has Died At The Age of 86
Damn. The world just lost one of the greats. If you’re a baseball fan, heck even if you aren’t, you probably know the name Hank Aaron. The longtime MLB home run king has died at the age of 86.
According to the reports, he passed away early Friday morning. Not many details are known about his passing, but given his age, it could have been a number of things.
Hammerin’ Hank was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was perhaps best known for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714 back in 1974. He would finish his career with a total of 755 home runs, a record that would stand for a long time.
Of course, some people still believe he’s the true home run leader, since Barry Bonds used performance enhancing drugs to set his 762 home run record.
Here’s Vin Scully calling Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. RIP Hank. pic.twitter.com/B53KqcvVs4— Chad (@ChadBlue83) January 22, 2021
But Hank was more than just a home run. He made 25 All-Star teams during his outstanding MLB career. He won the NL MVP award in 1957.
He retired from playing in 1976 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1982. He’s also in the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame and the team retired his #44 uniform.
In fact, he’s such a legend in Atlanta … the city’s mayor said Friday his death is nothing short of devastating.
During an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution back in 2006, Aaron revealed that he was a bit of a loner during his playing days.
I don’t think too many people got a chance to know me through the years, and that was something that was my own doing, because I’m actually kind of a loner, a guy that has stayed to himself. A lot of people thought they knew me, but they really didn’t.
They pretend that they know me, but I travel alone. I do just about everything alone. I have associates, but I don’t have many friends. I would just want to be remembered as somebody who just tried to be fair with people.
Well, it’s safe to say, he will be remembered for that and much, much, MUCH more.
He’s a legend, and he will be remembered as such. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.