Rest in Peace to Hank Aaron

Austin Gatlin

January 30, 2021

One of the world's best major league baseball players, Hank Aaron, passed away on January 22, 2021. His dedication, skill, and sportsmanship will be remembered and are engraved in our history.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron has passed away at the age of 86. He died Friday, January 22nd, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Known as ‘The Hammer’, Aaron is widely considered the greatest slugger to play the game. He played 23 years in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 with a vote percentage of 97.83, one of the highest of all times. Hank Aaron is currently the all-time leader in home runs with 755, and RBI’s with 2,297, while in third place for total hits with 3,771, behind Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. Statistically, Aaron is second on the all-time home run list behind Barry Bonds, but due to accusations of steroid use, Aaron is considered by many as the true home run leader. Aaron also appeared in a record 24 all-star games, won National League batting titles in `56 and `59, with a National League MVP in `57. But while he is greatly known for his skills on the diamond, he is also a symbol of racial intolerance and triumph. Hank Aaron played during the civil rights movement. He played through racial slurs and death threats. Racism was present in the clubhouse and of course in the media. It was a great triumph in his life making it to the major leagues. But he was never allowed to enjoy it, he said. But he played through it. With things to prove he battled and he succeeded. Aaron put up stellar numbers year in and out. He gained the respect of many but there was always the racism surrounding him. At the end of the day, one thing is for sure, Hank ‘Tthe Hammer' Aaron is one of the greatest players of all time both on and off the field. Rest in Peace Hank Aaron.