The Atlanta Braves and the entire baseball world have lost a legend and an icon for the game. Henry “Hank” Aaron has reportedly passed away at 86 years old. Hank Aaron’s daughter has reported that Aaron passed away. He is one of the greatest to ever play the game, with records still standing today.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2021
When Aaron retired, he still had the all-time run lead at 755 until Barry Bonds stepped in and took that from him. But Aaron’s abilities on the field were incredible; he was a legendary hitter, finishing his career with 3771 hits. This also meant that you could take away his 755 home runs, and he would still have had over 3000 hits over his 23 years in the big leagues.
Aaron was a career .305/.374/.555 hitter who still holds the all-time records for RBI at 2297 and Total Bases at 6856. His 23-year big league career was spent with the Braves and then the Brewers. He began his career with the Milwaukee Braves and stuck with them when they moved to Atlanta and then capped off his career with two years in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform.
No shocker that Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but his accolades do not stop there. He was a 25-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, two-time Batting Title winner, the 1957 MVP award winner, and a World Series winner in that same year.
Aaron had one heck of a career and was one of the all-time greats in this game; he is a baseball legend and true icon. One of the many greats that have been lost in the past year in the game of baseball. Rest easy, Hammerin’ Hank.