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Inquirer Celebrates Henry ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ Aaron

Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, born in Mobile, Alabama, on February 5, 1934, died peacefully on January 22, 2021 at his residence in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Aaron was famously known as a baseball right fielder who served as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times.

On November 20, 1951, Aaron signed a contract with the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns, where he played for three months. He later played with the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves from 1954 to 1974, and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975 to 1976.

Amidst several prior death threats due to his race, on April 8, 1974, Aaron hit a fourth-inning home run against the Dodgers to give him 715 for his career and sent him past Babe Ruth on baseball’s all-time list.
Aaron hit his 755th and final home run on July 20, 1976.

Aaron had five children from his first marriage with Barbara Lucas: Gary, Lary, Dorinda, Gaie and Hank Jr. He married Billye Suber Williams on November 13, 1973. Together, they have one child, Ceci.

U. S. Congressman David Scott Statement on Passing of Henry “Hank” Aaron

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today [January 22, 2021], Congressman David Scott provided the following statement on the passing of Hank Aaron:
“All of our hearts are broken at the passing of our loved one, Hank Aaron. My wife, Alfredia, Hank Aaron’s sister, and I, and our entire family are deeply saddened at his passing. But we know that the Lord said to all of us, “let your light shine so that the whole world may see your great works.” And Hank Aaron did just that. And not just the 755-home run record for Major League Baseball, but also as a father, a son, a brother, a husband, a great friend to so many people, and a shining light for Atlanta, our nation, and the world. Our entire family wants to thank all of those who have reached out and have given comfort to us.”

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