Home Run King Hank Aaron Passes Away at 86
Mobile, Alabama native Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86 on Friday, according to his daughter. The Major League Baseball Hall of Famer played the majority of his career with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and retired with baseball's homerun record. He hit 755 homeruns in his 23 seasons in baseball.
The city of Mobile honored Aaron by naming its baseball stadium "Hank Aaron Stadium" in his honor.
Aaron broke into the major leagues with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 at 20-years old and played in 122 games, hitting 13 home runs with 69 RBIs and finished fourth in voting for National League Rookie of the Year.
Aaron changed his jersey number to 44 after his first season and would go on to immeasurable success. He finished his career with 25 All-Star selections, a four time National League home run leader and a three time Gold Glove winner. He was named National League MVP in 1957, hitting 44 home runs and bringing in 130 RBIs and helping his team win the World Series over the New York Yankees.
Aaron was the first player in Major League history to record 500 homeruns and 3,000 hits, he hit 40 or more homeruns in a season seven different times. Aaron broke Babe Ruth's homerun record of 714 on April 8, 1974 in front of 53,775 people, a Braves attendance record.
Hammerin Hank would hit his last home run on July 20, 1976. His record mark of 755 home runs would stand until 2007 when Barry Bonds surpassed him.
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