Hank Aaron Passes Away At 86 While Asleep

Aaron beat Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974.

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A prominent player in MLB, Hank Aaron will forever be remembered in baseball history. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday at the age of 86. The Atlanta Braves, the team he played for during much of his career, confirmed his passing without providing a specific cause.

Renowned for his chase for the MLB home run record, Aaron exceeded Babe Ruth in 1974. This record remained untouched for more than thirty years until Barry Bonds surpassed it in 2007.

In his recent public appearance just a little over a fortnight ago, Aaron got vaccinated against Covid-19. He aimed to assure the African-American community about the safety of the vaccine.

Throughout his 23-year professional baseball career, Aaron was fondly known as “Hammerin’ Hank.” He etched his name in baseball annals at the Atlanta Stadium when he hit his 715th home run, overtaking Ruth’s record. Numerous individuals still regard him as the true home run king due to allegations of Bonds using illicit substances.

By the end of his career, Aaron had achieved a remarkable 755 home runs. Despite Bonds surpassing this record with a total of 762, Aaron harbored no ill feelings.

“Simply put, I strived to play the game as it should be played,” he remarked.

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