In this April 8, 1974 file photo, Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron eyes the flight of the ball after hitting his 715th career homer in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta. The 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run finds the Hall of Famer, now 80, coping with his recovery from hip surgery. The anniversary of his famous homer on April 8, 1974 will be celebrated before the Braves’ home opener against the Mets on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Harry Harrris, File)
By: Scripps National
Baseball legend “Hammerin'” Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86, according to multiple Atlanta area media who spoke with a family friend. No further details about his cause of death were shared.
Aaron began his career in baseball in 1951 with the Indianapolis Clowns of the negro leagues. Just seven months after starting with them, he signed with the Boston Braves. He stayed with the team when they moved to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.
Aaron became the first player in the MLB to record 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.
Earlier this month, Aaron joined several civil rights leaders who received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.