The Atlanta Braves say baseball great and one-time home run king Hank Aaron has died at 86.
Considered by many to be the sport’s greatest home run hitter, Aaron took his place in the record books when he broke Babe Ruth’s record on April 8 1974.
His 755 home runs stayed the record until broken by Barry Bonds in 2007.
Additionally, he made the all-star team an unprecedented 25 times, won three Gold Gloves, captured the 1957 World Series and NL MVP with the Milwaukee Brewers and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.
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During his 23 season career, Aaron had to endure racism and even death threats while in pursuit of Ruth’s record.
He remains in the Baseball Hall of Fame for a record 2,297 career RBIs.
The Braves say Aaron passed away peacefully in his sleep. He is survived by his wife, Billye, and five children, Gaile, Hank Jr, Lary, Dorinda and Ceci.
“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,”Terry McGuirk, the chairman of the Braves, said in a statement.
“His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the highest accomplishments, yet he never lost his humble nature. Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world. His success on the diamond was matched only by his business accomplishments off the field and capped by his extraordinary philanthropic efforts.”