As per reports Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron has died.
Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron passed away Friday morning at the age of 86, as per reports from NBS sports.
Aaron made headlines just two weeks ago when he received the Covid-19 vaccine in Georgia, hoping to encourage Black Americans to get the shots to protect against Coronavirus.
His words after taking the shot “ I don’t have any qualms about it at all you know. I feel quite proud of myself for doing something like this.” he told the Associated Press. It’s just a small thing that can help millions of people in this country. “
Hank Aaron’s Baseball Career
Aaron played briefly in the Negro Leagues before making his Major Leagues Debut with the then- Milwaukee Braves at age 20. He soon developed a reputation as “Hammerin Hank.” winning the MVP award in his fourth season after hitting 44 home runs and 132 RBIs.
Later in 1974, he cemented his legacy by breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs. During his retirement, he held all-time record at 755 home runs for decades until Barry Bonds passed him with 762 home runs.
The Fame Hank also won the World Series in 1957, won the Golden Glove award three times, and still remains the RBI leader and total base leader with 2,297 and 6,856, respectively. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y in 1982.
Eventually, Aaron hung up his cleats in 1976 with 755 career home runs- a record that stood until 2007, when it was broken by controversial slugger Barry Bonds (Bonds admitted using steroids in 2011). His achievements didn’t end when his career did, though. He went on to become one of baseball’s first African American executives, with the Atlanta Braves, and a leading spokesperson for minority hiring. Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball fo Fame in 1982.