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January 22, 2021: Hank Aaron Passes Away

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    January 22, 2021: Hank Aaron Passes Away

    Hank Aaron - Sports Century

    Remembering Hank Aaron, one of the greatest MLB players ever

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    Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Hank Aaron, a son of the Deep South who soared above its poverty and racism to become one of the most consequential figures in American history, died Friday at age 86."

    "His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from those who’d known him personally or simply been inspired by a remarkable life lived with relentless dignity and grace in the face of a seemingly endless fountain of hate during his pursuit of a sacred baseball record -- 714 home runs -- held by a white icon, Babe Ruth."

    "Aaron passed Ruth on the all-time home run list on April 8, 1974, at age 40, and then played parts of two more seasons to put the finishing touches on a Major League career that spanned 23 seasons, from his debut as a 20-year-old for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 to his retirement in 1976 as a 25-time All-Star, National League Most Valuable Player (1957) and two-time batting champion. He hit .393 when the Braves won a seven-game World Series against the Yankees in 1957. He was baseball's home run king for 33 years."

    "He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 after being named on 97.8 percent of ballots. At the time, only Ty Cobb, with 98.2 percent in 1936, had received a higher percentage of votes from the baseball writers."

    "Aaron received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002, and long after he’d played his final game, remained an outspoken advocate of civil rights, telling his own story eloquently, and at times, bluntly."

    "More than 44 years after his last game, he still ranks first on baseball’s all-time list in RBIs (2,297), second in home runs (755), third in hits (3,771) and fourth in runs (2,174). His career batting average was .305. The Hank Aaron Award has been given to the top hitter in each league, as voted on by fans and the media, annually since 1999."

    "Despite all of that, he will be forever defined by one swing of the bat, that for his 715th, arguably the most famous home run in baseball history."

    "That night in Atlanta, in the ninth season after the Braves moved there from Milwaukee, with a standing-room-only home crowd poised to witness history, Henry Louis Aaron, born on Feb. 5, 1934, in Mobile, Ala., slugged a fastball from Dodgers lefty Al Downing over the left-field fence."

    "On Friday, Selig issued the following statement on Aaron's passing:"

    “My wife, Sue, and I are terribly saddened and heartbroken by the passing of the great Henry Aaron, a man we truly loved, and we offer our love and our condolences to his wonderful wife, Billye. Besides being one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Hank was a wonderful and dear person and a wonderful and dear friend."

    "Not long ago, he and I were walking the streets of Washington, D.C. together and talking about how we’ve been the best of friends for more than 60 years. Then Hank said: 'Who would have ever thought all those years ago that a Black kid from Mobile, Alabama, would break Babe Ruth’s home run record and a Jewish kid from Milwaukee would become the Commissioner of Baseball?'"

    "His 755th and final home run came on July 20, 1976, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, off Angels right-hander Dick Drago."

    "His greatness on the baseball field will stand forever as a testament to his gifts. His true greatness, though, was off the field, in the way he lived and the example he left for others."

    MLB legend Hank Aaron’s cause of death revealed
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Aaron, the 86-year-old Hall of Famer and longtime Atlanta Braves right fielder, did not die from his first COVID-19 vaccine dose."

    "Major League Baseball legend and Atlanta entrepreneur Hank Aaron’s cause of death has been revealed."

    "The 86-year-old Hall of Famer and longtime Atlanta Braves right fielder died of natural causes, according to an investigator in the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office."

    "Last week’s news of Aaron’s death sparked some controversy on social media because he got the first of two coronavirus vaccine doses on Jan. 4 and had encouraged other Black Americans to get vaccinated as well. The ongoing distrust in the vaccine in the Black community may have been further exacerbated by Aaron’s passing."

    Hank Aaron’s consistent brilliance made him an icon
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Hank Aaron’s career path took him from the segregated South to baseball hero to American icon."

    "In between, Aaron’s consistency on and off the field won millions of admirers – and shaped his destiny."

    "Aaron, 86, died Friday, Jan. 22. One of a group of baseball players whose fame transcended the sports arena, Aaron was thrust into the national spotlight in 1973 when he neared the finish of a successful assault on one of sport’s most cherished records: Babe Ruth’s 714 career home runs."

    "Though he was a perennial All-Star – playing in the Mid-Summer Classic every year from 1955-75 – Aaron at times slid under the national radar thanks to his modest demeanor and his Midwest workplace. But as the 1960s closed, Aaron’s career home run total stood at 554 – giving him a legitimate shot at a run at Ruth’s record."

    “I never wanted them to forget Babe Ruth,” Aaron said. “I just wanted them to remember Henry Aaron.”

    "He wrapped up his career with a record 755 home runs (since broken), 2,297 RBI (still the all-time record), 2,174 runs scored, 3,771 hits and a .305 batting average."

    "His remarkable consistency left him in the top five of nearly every important offensive category at the time of his retirement. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982 in his first year eligible and later pledged all of his baseball treasures to the Hall of Fame."

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    Henry Aaron
    Excerpts from the article:

    "With that swing of the bat, along with the 714 that preceded it, Hank Aaron not only passed Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s career home run leader, but he also made a giant leap in the integration of the game and the nation. Aaron, an African-American, had broken a record set by the immortal Ruth, and not just any record, but the all-time major league home run record, and in doing so moved the game and the nation forward on the journey started by Jackie Robinson in 1947. By 1974 Aaron’s baseball career was within three years of sunset, but the road he’d travelled to arrive at that spring evening in Atlanta had hardened and tempered him, perhaps irrevocably, in ways that only suffering can produce. Aaron finally shrugged off the twin burdens of expectation and fear that evening, and few have ever stood taller."

    "Henry Louis Aaron was born February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama, to Herbert and Estella (Pritchett) Aaron. Among Henry’s seven siblings was a brother, Tommie, who later played in parts of seven different seasons in the major leagues. For whatever such records are worth, the brothers still hold the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings, 768, with the elder Henry contributing 755 to Tommie’s 13. They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates."

    "Aaron’s gift in the batter’s box flowed through his hands and wrists. In the 1990 book Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, author George Will summarized Hank’s approach: “Henry Aaron once said, ‘I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me. None of them.’ That was true, but that was Aaron, he of the phenomenally quick wrists and whippy, thin-handled bat.” Despite standing six feet tall, Aaron weighed a mere 180 pounds, almost scrawny in comparison to later sluggers, but his unique physical talent allowed him to wait on the pitcher for a split second longer than most other hitters, to seemingly pluck the ball from the catcher’s glove with his bat, and made him one of the most feared sluggers in the league."

    "Dignity. Pride. Courage. Those are words often reserved for describing heroes. They also describe Henry Aaron’s character well. Perhaps that is not a coincidence."

    "Aaron died at the age of 86 on January 22, 2021."
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