To say that Henry “Hank” Aaron’s place in MLB history is solidified would be an understatement. The MLB great not only broke Major League Baseball records, but also smashed through racial barriers as well.
Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama as one of seven siblings in his large household. By the time he reached his final season in the MLB, Aaron would be the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster.
Earning the nickname “Hammerin’ Hank,” Aaron would go on to break Babe Ruth’s home run record on April 8, 1974, finishing with 715 for his career. The record would stand until 2007 when Barry Bonds broke it, establishing the new mark at 762.
According to the Atlanta Braves, Aaron died “peacefully in his sleep.“