Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

Hank Aaron (Photo: LBJ Foundation / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

ATLANTA (AP) — The baseball great and one-time home run king Hank Aaron has died.

The Atlanta Braves said he died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. No cause was given.

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Aaron endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era.

“Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases. But the Hall of Famer will be remembered for one swing above all others, the one that made him baseball’s home-run king., died early Friday.

Hank Aaron was 86.