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Wisconsin sports legends react to the passing of Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron and Craig Counsell
Posted at 9:14 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 23:17:31-05

MILWAUKEE — The memories and tributes are flooding in for Hank Aaron among the baseball community, including Brewers Manager Craig Counsell.

He shared this photo with Lance Allan of TMJ4 Sports. Craig says he keeps it handy as it is very memorable, as the home run king wanted to speak with him, and Counsell didn't know what to say.

Hank Aaron and Craig Counsell
Hank Aaron and Craig Counsell

Shaking hands, what a picture-perfect moment.

Lance Allan also Facetimed with his long time friend and Braves teammate, Bob Uecker.

"To be a part of what he was and what he championed throughout his time. And hopefully a much better place for him. That's what I'm thinkin'. And I can see his laughin' and smilin'. I can see him every day," Brewers Announcer Uecker says.

And former MLB Commissioner and former Brewers owner Bud Bud Selig knew the character of Hank well.

"He's the same, quiet, humble, classy guy that I met when we were kids in 1958," Selig says. "You know what we used to do on Sundays, for the next 4 or 5, 6 years or longer? We'd meet at Ace Foods and go to Packers games together. And that's a fact."

And from one Wisconsin sports great to another, Aaron Rodgers remembers Hank Aaron.

"I understand how special sports are to this region. And guys like Hank Aaron kind of set the blueprint for how to conduct yourself, in this area, in this region and in this state, and I take that part of my legacy very seriously," Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says.

Wisconsin-born Brewer Jerry Augustine says he grew up pretending he was Hank Aaron hitting home runs in the back yard, and stood in awe looking at Hank's locker when he joined the team in 1975.

A dream many kids of a generation once had.

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