Hank Aaron, a home run king, dies at 86 | The State

This Friday morning the world of baseball shook with unfortunate news: Hank Aaron passed away at 86 years of age.

The legendary slugger of the Atlanta Braves, Hall of Famer and who long held the record for home runs in the major leagues, he lost his life this morning for causes yet to be revealed, but he left a great legacy, as he was the winner of a host of accolades: He was the National League MVP in 1957, a two-time National League batting champion (1956, ’59), a three-time winner Gold Glove in right field (1958-60) and a 25-time All-Star record.

Hank, who was 6 feet tall and weighed 180 pounds, is remembered for breaking the consecrated home run mark of Babe Ruth in 1974When he hit his 715th homer in an iconic moment for baseball.

Aaron played two more seasons and amassed 755 career home runs, a mark that remained the Major League Baseball record until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007. In 1982 the slugger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

17 years later, the award that bears his name and that is given to the best hitter in the American League and the National League was created in his honor.


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