Hank Aaron: Baseball Icon Dies at 86
Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, has died at the age of 86.
Aaron’s death was first reported by Atlanta’s WGCL-TV. An exact cause of death was not disclosed.
Aaron’s Hall of Fame career consisted of a brief stint in the Negro American League in 1951 before being scouted by Major League Baseball (MLB) and signing with the then Milwaukee Braves and playing in their minor league system. He would make his MLB debut on April 13, 1954.
Aaron’s MLB career stats are rivaled by very few and they consisted of an overall batting average of .305, 3,771 hits, 2,297 RBIs and 755 home runs.
Perhaps the biggest moment in Aaron’s career, and one of the biggest moments in MLB history, was when he broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing home run record on April 8, 1974 and hit his 715th career home run.