Sad news to report….
Hank Aaron has passed away a the age of 86!
Longtime MLB home run king Hank Aaron passed away Friday at the age of 86, according to CBS in Atlanta.
Aaron’s daughter confirmed his death to WSB-TV.
Aaron broke MLB’s all-time home run mark on April 8, 1974, with No. 715 surpassing Yankees legend Babe Ruth. Aaron overcame death threats as he was fighting to break the mark.
Aaron finished with 755 home runs, a mark that was ultimately passed by Barry Bonds under the stain of PED use. Many still consider Aaron the sport’s true home run leader.
Aaron was well known as one of the true gentlemen of the sport, respected by peers and fans for the way he carried himself while breaking baseball’s most revered record.
“I don’t think too many people got a chance to know me through the years, and that was something that was my own doing, because I’m actually kind of a loner, a guy that has stayed to himself,” Aaron told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2006. “A lot of people thought they knew me, but they really didn’t.”
He is the one man that Muhammad Ali said he idolized “more than myself.” He became known to the world as “Hammerin’ Hank.”
Legendary Atlanta Brave and Major League Baseball record holder Hank Aaron died Friday at the age of 86, according to Aaron’s daughter.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 5, 1934, Henry Louis Aaron was one of eight children born to Herbert and Estella Aaron.