We’re losing a lot of good ones lately.
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron died Friday morning at the age of 86.
You probably know him best as the former home run leader, who held the record of 755 dingers until Barry Bonds eclipsed that mark. Aaron was a 25-time All-Star, which is absolutely insane, and won the 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves.
The list of individual achievements beyond that is incredible:
- 1957 National League MVP
- three Gold Gloves
- two-time NL batting champion
- four-time NL home run and RBI leader
- Braves and Brewers both retired his #44
- Braves Wall of Fame
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- MLB All Century Team
Hammerin’ Hank still holds MLB records for RBIs (2,297), total bases (6,856), and extra-base hits (1,477).
By far, the most famous Hank Aaron clip is when he hit home run 715, to break the record held by Babe Ruth. This took place in April of 1974 on national television, in front of nearly 54,000 fans, which was a Braves attendance record at the time.
Here’s how it unfolded:
Here’s Vin Scully calling Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. RIP Hank. pic.twitter.com/B53KqcvVs4
— Chad (@ChadBlue83) January 22, 2021
It was a moment that came with a lot of scrutiny, because he was receiving death threats and letters and all sorts of other racist nonsense at the time. He dealt with an incredible amount of shit during the entirety of his career, which makes his achievements even more meaningful, considering what he had to go through.
Awesome player, Hank Aaron. Baseball legend. RIP.