National Football League community mourns passing of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron

National Football League community mourns passing of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron

Legendary baseball player Hank Aaron has died at the age of 86.

Aaron, nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank", was selected for a record 25 All-Star Games over his career.

For those too young to have seen Aaron, whose major league career lasted from 1954-1976, they missed perhaps the greatest all-around player in the game's history.

He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1982.

During the early stages of Aaron's career with the then Milwaukee Braves in 1957, Aaron was able to win his first and only World Series in a season where he notched 44 home runs.

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While Aaron doesn't hold the home run record anymore, he does still own the records for most RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856).

What made Aaron's success even more impressive was that he did it while dealing with racism, especially during his time in Atlanta as he chased Ruth's home run record. "It kind of made me start thinking, realizing that, regardless of what I achieved in life, no matter whether it's baseball, football, basketball, life, lawyers, whatever it may be, that I still had a role to play", Aaron told Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein of becoming a civil rights figure. Bonds finished with 762 homers. By the end of his baseball career, he would hit 755 home runs.

A speech by Robinson at a recreation center sparked the 14-year-old Aaron's desire to be a major league ball player - a goal he pursued through a semi-pro team, the Black Bears, while he was still in high school. He hit 755 home runs, and never more than 47 in a season.

"No matter what it is", Aaron said, "they're going to always say 'Hank Aaron and a home run". 'What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

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