Hank Aaron has died age 86 (born February 5, 1934; died January 22, 2021) of natural causes, in his sleep. He played from the time of “integration” (read: end of segregation) and was a class act, beginning to end. Even when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record and was showered with abuse, threats, and racism, he never lost or compromised his dignity.
The most amazing thing about Aaron’s 755 home runs was his consistency. Between 1955 and 1974 when Aaron broke the record, over twenty consecutive seasons, he hit at least 20 home runs. His single season career high was 47, and he hit 40 or more only eight times. He is also the all time RBI leader, passing Babe Ruth in the 1975 season.
I would like to include obituaries on Aaron from the media, but unfortunately all of them call him the “former home run career leader”. I refuse to recognize Barroid the Steroid Bonds as the record holder. (How ridiculous are Bonds’s fans? I was a called a “racist” on one forum for saying Aaron still holds the record.)
Now maybe the Atlanta MLB team will stop dragging their racist heels and change the team nickname to the Hammers.