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Baseball Legend Hank Aaron is Dead

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Baseball Legend Hank Aaron is Dead
By Jim Stroud • Issue #85 • View online
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Baseball Legend Hank Aaron is Dead
A man honors Hank Aaron at Truist Park
A man honors Hank Aaron at Truist Park
CBS reported on January 22, 2021 that one of the greatest baseball players of all time - Hank Aaron passed away at the age of 86.
Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1934, Aaron started his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in 1951, signing a contract with the Indianapolis Clowns. However, it didn’t take long before MLB clubs came calling, with the Boston Braves winning his services. Just three years later, in 1954, he made his debut with the then Milwaukee Braves at the age of 20 years old. He finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting that season after hitting .280 with 13 HR and 69 RBI across 122 games with the team.
He would go on to play another 22 seasons, all with the Braves, moving with the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. His consistent power, 20 seasons with 20 or more homers, 15 of 30 or more, led to his iconic moment on April 8, 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record with homer number 715. The legendary voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully was on the call.
Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run
Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run
All told, Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs and a still record 2,297 RBIs. He also racked up the most extra base hits (1,477) and total bases (6,856) of any player in history.
Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 receiving votes on 406/415 ballots (97% of the vote).
Q: Social media buzzed with calls to rename the Atlanta Braves with a name that honors the Baseball Legend. Do you know what it is?
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The suggested name change is the “Atlanta Hammers.” Click here for more information and click here to sign a petition supporting the name change.
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