Tributes pour in for transcendent baseball icon Hank Aaron


No cause of death was given.

When he struck the record-breaking home run, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said: "What a marvellous moment for baseball".

"What a marvellous moment for baseball". And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron'.

"The former home run king wasn't handed his throne".

National Basketball Association legend Magic Johnson said his own business and executive success owed much to trailblazer Aaron, declaring him on "the Mount Rushmore for the greatest baseball players". Aaron finished his career with the all-time home run record until Barry Bonds scored 762.

The venom that Aaron faced in the early 1970s was strong as a he closed in on Babe Ruth's then all-time career record of 714 home runs.

Braves president and CEO, Derek Schiller, said Aaron "basically is the Braves".

"It's also special the way Mr. Hank Aaron carried himself and was a role model for all of us", said Smith. Muhammad Ali famously called him "the only man I idolize more than myself".

Inspired by a meeting as a youth with Jackie Robinson, MLB's first black player, Aaron turned his talents to baseball and became an iconic sportsman while greeting intolerance with class and grace.

"Hank symbolized the very best of our game, and his all-around excellence provided Americans and fans across the world with an example to which to aspire".

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Aaron played the first 21 years of his Major League Baseball career with the Braves franchise, starting in Milwaukee before the team's move to Atlanta.

Aaron began his career in the Negro Leagues and minor leagues through his youth in his late teens. When it cleared the fence, fireworks went off and Aaron rounded the bases, maintaining his composure even when two fans made it onto the field to congratulate him.

Reporters, team officials, and others all wanted to catch a glimpse of the player who for many was a personal favorite when they were growing up. He was a three-time Gold Glove victor.

Labeled the longtime Home Run King, Aaron was known for being an iconic power hitter for the Atlanta Braves.

Aaron has six children in total from his two marriages.

He hit.280 during his rookie season and had 13 home runs. Exactly one month later, he was traded to the Brewers. He retired after hitting.229 in 1976.

"It was a time for me to stand up and be tall, to do what I was sent here to do".

The stadium was imploded after Turner Field became the Braves' new home in 1997, but a small section of fencing, a wall and a sign mark the spot where No.715 broke Babe Ruth's hallowed home run record in 1974. "Henry Louis Aaron wasn't just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world".

He was a 25-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove three times. He was just nine votes short of being a unanimous choice. "In the community, Hank Aaron invested in progress, in people & in dreams".