MLB Hall of Famer ‘Hammerin’ Hank Aaron dies at 86

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Atlanta Braves employees placed flowers next to a portrait Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron outside Truist Park, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore

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UPDATED 3:00 PM PT – Friday, January 22, 2021

The one time king of home runs in the MLB has died at the age of 86. Hank Aaron’s daughter confirmed on Friday that the Braves player passed peacefully in his sleep.

Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1934 and spent his childhood honing his baseball skills by hitting bottle caps with sticks. His first tryout was with the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was just 15-years-old.

Aaron started his professional career at 17 with the Indianapolis Clowns before going on to play with for the Braves.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 02: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron threw out the ceremonial last pitch at Turner Field to Bobby Cox after the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers at Turner Field on October 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

He faced extreme racism and death threats, but in an interview celebrating his 80th birthday he said when he was on the field, baseball was his only focus

“Once I went to the baseball field and put on the uniform, I couldn’t even tell you whether there was 50 thousand people in the stands or whether there was five thousand,” Aaron said. “The only thing I thought about was the people I was facing.”

Aaron broke many records while playing in the MLB, but is well known for crushing Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974.

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