Hall of Famer Hank Aaron Dies at 86

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and former home run leader Hank Aaron has died, according to reports Friday morning. He was 86.

A 25-time All-Star and 1957 World Series champion and National League MVP, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record on April 8, 1974 with his 715th career home run. Regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Aaron held that record for 33 years and still holds several career offensive MLB records.

After beginning his career with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, Aaron a right fielder from Mobile, Ala., broke in with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in 1954. He spent the next 20 years with the Braves before closing out his career with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975-76.

Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank, Aaron was a four-time NL home run leader and RBI leader, three-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time NL batting champion.

His No. 44 jersey has been retired by both the Braves and Brewers.

He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1982.

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