Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, the Baseball Hall of Famer who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record amid racism died last week at the age of 86.
The Mobile, Alabama native – “Hammer” or “Hammerin’ Hank” – was inducted into the hall of fame in 1982. During his MLB career, Aaron scored 755 career home runs, breaking Ruth’s record in 1974, all the while threatened and given hateful, racist remarks.
“There were times during the chase when I was so angry and tired and sick of it all that I wished I could get on a plane and not get off until I was someplace where they never heard of Babe Ruth,” he wrote in his autobiography titled, I Had a Hammer.
In 1970, Aaron became the first player in history in the 3,000-hit, 500-home run club, having scored 3,771 hits over 23 big league seasons. He was the 1957 National League MVP and a 25-time All-Star.