Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, the Hall of Fame slugger whose 755 career home runs long stood as baseball’s golden mark
Hank Aaron, whose prodigious swing took him from a poverty-stricken section of Mobile, Alabama, to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, has died, his longtime team, the Atlanta Braves, announced Friday, 22 January 2021. He was 86.
Aaron played 21 of his 23 seasons for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, and Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk said he was heartbroken by the death of baseball’s one-time home run king.
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank. He was a beacon for our organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with our community efforts,” McGuirk said Friday in a statement.”Hank Aaron was an American icon and one of Georgia’s greatest legends. His life and career made history, and his influence was felt not only in the world of sports, but far beyond — through his important work to advance civil rights and create a more equal, just society. We ask all Georgians to join us in praying for his fans, family, and loved ones as we remember Hammerin’ Hank’s incredible legacy.”
Aaron blasted 755 home runs in his amazing career that also contributed to the era’s civil rights advances, President Joe Biden said.
One of the sport’s great stars despite playing for the small-market Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves throughout a major league career that spanned from 1954 to 1976, Aaron still holds major league records for RBIs (2,297), total bases (6,856), and extra-base hits (1,477), and he ranks among MLB’s best in hits (3,771, third all-time), games played (3,298, third) and runs scored (2,174, fourth).
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank,” Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said in a statement.
“We are heartbroken and thinking of his wife Billye and their children Gaile, Hank, Jr., Lary, Dorinda and Ceci and his grandchildren.”
Kemp issued an order to have the flags fly at half-staff at all state buildings in Georgia until sunset on the day of Aaron’s funeral to honor his “groundbreaking career and tremendous impact on our state and nation.”
Aaron completed his profession with a bunch of accolades. He turned into the National League MVP in 1957 — the equal 12 months the Braves gained the World Series — a two-time NL batting champion (1956, ’59), a three-time Gold Glove winner in proper field (1958-60) and a report 25-time All-Star, incomes that honor each season however his first and last.
He completed his profession returned in Milwaukee, traded to the Brewers after the 1974 season whilst he refused to take a front-workplace activity that could have required a huge pay cut.
The Brewers will put on No. forty four on their jersey sleeves all through the 2021 season as a tribute to Aaron.
Aaron turned into enshrined withinside the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, receiving 97.8% approval in his first 12 months at the ballot, 9 votes brief of being the primary unanimous desire ever. In 1999, MLB created the Hank Aaron Award, given yearly to the high-quality hitter in each the AL and NL.
“Hank Aaron is close to the pinnacle of everyone’s listing of all-time superb players,” stated MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement — one in all many to seem on social media Friday. “His huge achievements as a participant had been passed handiest with the aid of using his dignity and integrity as someone. Hank symbolized the very high-quality of our game, and his all-round excellence furnished Americans and lovers the world over with an instance to which to aspire. His profession demonstrates that someone who is going to paintings with humility each day can hammer his manner into history — and discover a manner to polish like no other.”
I was proud to get the COVID-19 vaccine earlier today at Morehouse School of Medicine. I hope you do the same! https://t.co/RAlkmkCRra— Hank Aaron (@HenryLouisAaron) January 5, 2021
Aaron had been seen in public as lately as Jan. five while the Atlanta resident got here to Morehouse School of Medicine to get his Covid-19 vaccine. He and previous U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young were given their photographs in the front of cameras and advised all Americans to are seeking vaccination.
Former President Barack Obama stated in a declaration that Aaron “by no means overlooked a possibility to lead — together with in advance this month, while Hank and Billye joined civil rights leaders and were given COVID vaccines.”
“Whenever Michelle and I frolicked with Hank and his wife, Billye, we had been struck through their kindness, generosity and grace — and had been reminded that we stood at the shoulders of a preceding era of trailblazers,” the forty-fourth president added.