Atlanta Braves legend and one of the biggest sluggers of all time, Hank Aaron, sadly passed away at age 86. The team announced the tragic news on Friday morning, saying goodbye to one of the best hitters MLB has ever seen.
Aaron spent his successful and daring MLB career with the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, playing 23 years in the Majors. His name even transcended the game of baseball and he will be remembered for more than being one of the best of all time at his job.
The past 13 months haven’t been easy for anybody and the world of sports has seen how some big figures left this world. Aaron is sadly another name on that infamous list. It’s time to go through all his records and all the good things he did on the field.
Hank Aaron's numbers in MLB
Aaron left a huge mark on the game; he defied racism and earned a lot of fans thanks to his performances on the field. At the time he left the game, the outfielder had racked up a lot of records. When he finished his career, Aaron had hit .305/.374/.555 (155 OPS+). Until Barry Bonds took over, he was the home-run king in the league, hitting 755 home runs in his MLB tenure.
How Hank Aaron ranks among MLB players in every historical stat
775 HRs (2nd all-time)
2,297 RBIs (1st all-time)
3,771 hits (3rd all-time)
2,174 runs (4th all-time)
3,298 games played (3rd all-time)
6,856 total basses (1st all-time)
1,477 extra bases hits (1st all-time)
293 intentional walks (4th all-time)
25 All-Star selections (1st all-time)
He really was a force behind the plate. Aaron collected a lot of awards, too, including the 1957 National League MVP. His career was really good, although he only won one World Series. Moreover, he took home three Gold Gloves and two batting titles. The outfielder led the league in home runs four times, RBI four times, runs three times, hits twice, doubles four times, slugging four times and OPS three times.
This was a formidable talent; someone who could make incredible plays in the outfield and then send the ball to the bleachers when he had to face pitchers. Hank Aaron will go down in history as one of the greatest hitters of all time and nothing can change that.