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'We lost a legend': Hall of Famer Hank Aaron dies at 86

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 19:36:46-05

ATLANTA — Hall of Famer "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron has passed away at 86.

The Atlanta Braves said he died peacefully in his sleep.

Aaron began his career in the Negro Leagues and minor leagues through his youth in his late teens.

He made his first Major League appearance at 20-years-old with the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 through 1976, making a huge impact on the City of Milwaukee.

“We lost a legend. Hank Aaron was my childhood hero of heroes. He was an amazing person and a fantastic baseball player. He was such a big part of Milwaukee," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

"Hank Aaron is near the top of everyone's list of all-time great players," said MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr.

Aaron played 21 seasons for Milwaukee and held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years.

Aaron, also known as Milwaukee's home run king, hit 755 home runs in his career and gave the Braves the city's first World Series title.

In 1982, Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after he won the World Series and won three Golden Glove awards.

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