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Baseball legend Hank Aaron has died at age 86, reports say

Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86
Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86

HOUSTON – Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron died Friday morning at the age of 86, reports say.

CBS46 in Atlanta and the NY Daily News reported the and one-time home run king’s death.

Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1934 and briefly played in the Negro Leagues and minor leagues. At the age of 20, Aaron made his Major League debut and started his 23-year-career with the then-Milwaukee Braves, WKMG reported.

Aaron, known as Hammerin’ Hank, remains MLB’s runs batted in leader with 2,297 and total base leader with 6,856, according to the report.

Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs, a record that stood until Barry Bonds passed him and finished with 762 home runs.

When Hank Aaron was 19, he was hired by the Class-A Jacksonville Braves in 1953. (Jacksonville Historical Society)

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