Hank Aaron, the legendary baseball bat, dies on the age of 86
The Atlanta Braves’ right outfield player Hank Aaron (see close-up photo) has been named to the National League All Star team for the 16th consecutive year.
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Famer Hank Aaron’s National Baseball Hall has died at the age of 86, a spokesman confirmed on Friday.
Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record in 1974.
He now lives in second place behind Barry Bonds.
Hammerin ‘Hank’s MLB career spanned 23 years, completing 755 home races, an MVP trophy and a World Series win in 1957.
Aaron was born in 1934 in Separate Alabama and began his baseball career in 1952 with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League after leaving his hometown of Mobile with only two dollars in hand.
“My mom told me that’s all she had to give me and be very careful with,” Aaron said in an interview with NBC News last summer.
Aaron quickly moved to Major League Baseball, where he played for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.
He made his MLB debut seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the sport’s color barrier for the first time, at a time when only 5% of the league’s players were black.
Even when Aaron became known for chasing Babe Ruth’s record, he continued to face racism.
“I couldn’t leave the stadium unaccompanied. I had to stay in another hotel instead of staying with my teammates,” Aaron said in an interview with NBC News. “It was the hardest moment of my life.” “”
Aaron played with the Braves during their move to Atlanta until he returned to Milwaukee in 1974 to play for the Brewers.
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