Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Useless at 86
“Hammerin ‘” Hank Aaron was the one-time homerun king, breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record in 1974.
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January 22, 2021 2 min read
This story originally appeared on Business Insider
Baseball legend Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron reportedly passed away on Friday at the age of 86.
Aaron was an icon of the sport, having scored 755 home races in major leagues over the course of his two decades.
He was named MLB MVP for the 1957 season and was named to 21 consecutive All-Star Games during his career.
Aaron is responsible for one of the greatest moments in baseball history. On April 8, 1974, Aaron picked up the Los Angeles Dodgers Al Downing pitcher for the 715th home run of his career deep down the center of the left wall, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for becoming the homerun king of baseball.
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As he circled the bases, Aaron shook hands with the Dodgers who played the infield and two fans congratulated him on his performance.
“What a wonderful moment for baseball,” said commentator Vin Scully, naming the game. “What a wonderful moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a wonderful moment for the country and the world. A black man gets a standing ovation in the deep south for breaking the all-time baseball idol record.”
Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. While Barry Bonds would eventually surpass his home run mark, Aaron will forever be known as the home run king.
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