Legendary baseball player Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86.
Mr. Aaron was a right fielder and played 23 season in the Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1954 to 1976. He spent the majority of his career with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1954-1974) of the National League, followed by a two year stint with the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League from 1975 to 1976. He also played briefly with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League in 1952. By the end of his career in the MLB, he was the last active player to have appeared in the Negro Leagues.
Mr. Aaron appeared in 25 straight All Star Games from 1955 to 1975, won the World Series in 1957 with the Braves, and was named the NL MVP in 1957. He was a four time NL home run leader, four time NL RBI leader, three time Gold Glove winner, and two time NL Batting Champion.
He held the title for career home runs with 755 for over 30 years, after breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714. Other MLB titles that he continues to hold include:
- 2,297 career runs batted in
- 6,856 career total bases
- 1,477 career extra-base hits
- 25 career all-star appearances
MLB’s Hank Aaron Award is named after him, starting in 1999, and is awarded to the best offensive player in each league.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.
Mr. Aaron was married twice and had six children. He died in his sleep on January 22nd, 2021 two weeks short of his 87th birthday.