Hammerin' Hank Aaron dies at 86

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      One of baseball's all-time greats, Henry ("Hank") Aaron, has died.

      The senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves and former home run king was 86.

      He played 21 seasons with the Braves and another two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1954 to 1976.

      His 755 home runs remained an all-time record for decades before this was broken by the steroid-using Barry Bonds, who hit 762 balls out of the park in regular season in his career.

      Aaron encountered intense racism as a young player in the Negro league and in with the Class C Eau Claire Bears in the minors.

      The Sports Century created this documentary about Hank Aaron.

      Not only did Aaron have power, he also got on base a lot of the time, ending his career with a .305 batting average. His 2,297 runs batted in remain an all-time record.

      He posted 40 or more home runs in eight seasons, and 30 or more home runs in seven other seasons. It's an astonishing record of consistency that's not been matched by any other player.

      During his career, Aaron was often compared to another great outfielder, Willie Mays, the more flashy "Say Hey Kid". Mays could do it all—field, hit for power, hit for average, throw, and steal bases. But over time, Aaron was steadier, posting more home runs, more base hits, and a higher lifetime average.

      The low-key Aaron also endured vicious hate mail in 1973 as he pursued Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs.

      That season, as a 39-year-old, he hit 40 home runs, falling one shy of reaching Ruth's lifetime total.

      The following season, Aaron's 715th home run came in home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      "What a marvelous moment for baseball; what a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia; what a marvelous moment for the country and the world," legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said in the broadcast booth. "A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron."

      Video: Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron's 715th home run.

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