It was announced early Friday morning that Milwaukee and baseball legend Hank Aaron has passed away. He was 86 years old.
Henry Louis Aaron spent most of his 23 year career with the Milwaukee Braves, then the final stage of his career back with the Milwaukee Brewers where he hit his 755th and final home run.
Aaron’s death comes the day after former Packers GM Ted Thompson passed away, and two days after another baseball legend, Don Sutton, died.
So much loss, so little time.
The Brewers have Hank Aaron’s number 44 hanging in the rafters at American Family Field, and he has returned to Milwaukee on several occasions for the Brewers organization.
On the field, Aaron’s legendary numbers speak for themselves. His 755 home runs and breaking of the record set by Babe Ruth is one of the most iconic moments in baseball history. Aaron STILL has the record for most RBIs in his career, with 2,297 of them, and this was in an era with very little offense. He also has the record for most total bases by anyone in baseball history.
If Aaron didn’t hit a single home run in his entire career, he still would have 3,000 hits. He had 3,771 hits in his career. He was named an All-Star 25 times, which is pretty incredible considering he only played 23 seasons. Way back in the 1950s and 1960s, they used to announce two All-Star teams in a season.
The greatness of Aaron extended beyond the baseball field with his character, dedication to charity work, and improving the lives of youth across the country. He started his Chasing The Dream foundation to help disadvantaged kids, the Hank Aaron Youth Fund in Milwaukee to provide scholarships to local kids and provide more opportunities for kids to learn the game of baseball.
He was a wonderful man, and the kind of icon that everyone could look up to. His philanthropic efforts have changed the lives of so many people over the years.
Numerous baseball fields around the Milwaukee area are named after Hank Aaron, his number is retired in Milwaukee, and a statue is right behind home plate at the stadium. His legacy will live on for years to come not only here, but around the country.
Rest In Peace to the true home run king, the RBI king, the total base king, and one of the greatest men baseball has ever seen, Hank Aaron.
There’s been too much loss. We at Reviewing the Brew extend our condolences to the Aaron family.