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RIP Henry Aaron


RIP Henry Aaron

In my mind still the Home Run King. An awesome player and an awesome man. Thanks Hank.

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Agreed, I'm glad I was able to see him play in person.

- The Sheik

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A few years ago i took my mom out for her birthday. A friend of hers from high school had just moved back from atlanta. She was talking about how in the 70's she was " at that game when that guy hit the home run." I asked her if she was talking about Hank , " oh yeah ,that was it" I told her she had witnessed history. Class man and class player. what is it with all the 70's legends lately. RIP Hammer

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A memory I have of Hank Aaron, summer of 74. Atlanta comes to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs, I was at the game. I never saw this before or after, for a visiting player, fans gave Aaron a standing ovation each time he came to the plate. Will never forget it. RIP Hank Aaron, a class act.

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Truly one of the best to ever pick up a bat. A sad day for America.

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Hank never had a season with 100 k's. He wasnt the flashiest, the fastest or the strongest, he was just consistantly great. Strange fact's , he wore #44, he hit 44 homers 4 times , he hit number 715 off of a player who wore # 44. if you add todays date 1 +22+21 it equals 44. They need to make a movie of his life because he had to go thru the same things jackie went thru in 1974 with death threats and people saying they would shoot him from the stands. thruout it all he remained a class act. up there with Ali in my book. There's a line from an old rightous brothers song that says if theres a rock and roll heaven you know they got a hell of a band, well if theres a baseball heaven the 60's- 70's team is the one to beat.

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Even more impressive is that he never hit 50 Hr's in a year

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In my early years, I met a lot of the old-timers and collected a ton of autographs. I had the honor of meeting many great players and Hank Aaron was one of them. I still have the bat he autographed for me and will treasure it more than ever as it brings back fond memories of a great player and true gentleman.
And I can't end this post without saying that Barry Bonds NEVER broke the record. Aaron is and always will be the HR King!!

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I totally agree with you re: the homerun king. I told my brothers the same thing. Aaron was a class act even when Bonds "beat his record". RiP Henry Aaron

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I've lived in the Atlanta area my whole life, unfortunately I am a little young to remember him as a player, but definitely a gentle man that paved the way for a lot of today's players and gave everything to the Braves organization, working in the team's office for years after his retirement.

I heard an interview today with John Smoltz. He was telling about when he was inducted to the Hall of Fame and the HOF's were waiting for Aaron, Frank Robinson, and another player (sorry I don't remember the third) to walk to the stage because they were all using walkers. He said as they got closer someone started doing a "hear they come, down the stretch" kind of call and Smoltz said he could see Hank pushing himself as hard as he could on his walker to beat the other two guys. Thought that was pretty funny.

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Many of you probably already know about what Stephanie Apstein brings to light in her Sports Illustrated article on Hank Aaron, but the younger generation should definitely read it. What he endured is truly incredible.

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He received death threats on a daily basis. Watch the replay of his 715 th homer , 2 fans run on the field to shake his hand but he didn't know if they were coming to get him

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Yeah, it is stuff like that the article is about. His mom said she hugged him not to congratulate him, but to protect him from sniper fire. Insane stuff.