Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports:
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.
Aaron won the National League batting title in 1956 and won his only MVP award the following year after hitting 322 and finishing in the top three in all three triple crown batting categories. He capped his MVP ’57 season by clinching the pennant with a home run in inning 393 in a seven-game World Series victory over the New York Yankees.
At age 39, Aaron recorded his eighth 40-homer season finishing that year with 713 for his career, just one home run shy of Babe Ruth’s major league record. That offseason, Aaron received numerous death threats and loads of racist letters.
We are devastated by the passing of Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, one of the greatest players and people in the history of our game. He was 86. pic.twitter.com/bCvLOydGBZ
— MLB (@MLB) January 22, 2021
– 755 Home Runs
– 1957 NL MVP
– World Series Champion
– 25x All Star
– 3x Gold Glove Winner
– 2x Batting Champion
– MLB All Century Team
– 1982 Hall of Fame selection
RIP to a baseball legend and one of the greatest icons in sports, Henry “Hank” Aaron pic.twitter.com/RvLXkrPsYB
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 22, 2021
BREAKING: Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron has died at the age of 86. He was recently in the news after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, earlier this month. His cause of death has not been revealed. @fox6wakeup #RIP pic.twitter.com/9ut2Y22QHW
— Angelica Duria (@angelicaduria) January 22, 2021