Legendary Milwaukee Braves Hall of Famer and Major League Baseball record holder Hank Aaron died Friday at the age of 86.
In a 23-year career, mostly with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Aaron hit .305, with 755 homers, a record that stood until Barry Bonds surpassed it in April 2007.
Rest in peace to a legend.
Hammerin' Hank Aaron has died at the age of 86. pic.twitter.com/HEZE3UM7Hf
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) January 22, 2021
Aaron, nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank,” was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He led the league in homers, RBI and doubles four times, runs three times and won two batting titles. In 1957, he was the National League Most Valuable Player and helped lead the Milwaukee Braves to their first and only World Series championship.
In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list. That same year, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award to recognize the top offensive players in each league.
Aaron played the first 12 years of his career in Milwaukee before the Braves moved to Atlanta. He played the final two seasons of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.