Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86
By admin - January 22, 2021
Hank Aaron, who left his mark with 755 homers and a legacy as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. Here are the highlights:
- He was 86.
- The Atlanta Braves, Aaron’s longtime team, said he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause was given.
- Aaron made his last public appearance just 2 1/2 weeks ago, when he received the COVID-19 vaccine. He said he wanted to help spread the word to Black Americans that the vaccine was safe.
- “I feel quite proud of myself for doing something like this,” he said. “It’s just a small thing that can help zillions of people in this country.”
- Aaron holds career hitting records during a 23-year career — spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves — including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.
- He is remembered for baseball’s all-time home-run king. It was a title he would hold for more than 33 years.
- “One of the greatest baseball players of all time, he has been a personal hero to us,” said Jimmy Carter, speaking for himself and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, a couple who often attended Braves games. “A breaker of records and racial barriers, his remarkable legacy will continue to inspire countless athletes and admirers for generations to come.”