Hank Aaron, one-time Negro League outfielder who broke Babe Ruth's Major League
home run record, dies at age 86
*A cause of death has not been reported, but the Atlanta Braves confirmed that
Hank Aaron died in his sleep at the age of 86
*Aaron made his last public appearance just 2 1/2 weeks ago, when he received
the COVID-19 vaccine
*He played for the Negro Leagues' Indianapolis Clowns in 1952 before being
discovered by the Boston Braves, who purchased his contract for $10,000.
*Without ever reaching the 50-home run mark in any season, Aaron surpassed Babe
Ruth with his 715th home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves in 1974
*His pursuit of baseball's most cherished record was marred by a racist hate
mail campaign, which included many death threats from anonymous senders
Henry 'Hank' Aaron, the one-time Negro League outfielder who went on to break
Babe Ruth's Major League home run record in the face of rampant racism, has died
A cause of death has not been reported, but the Atlanta Braves confirmed that he
died in his sleep.
'We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank,' Atlanta
Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said in a statement. 'He was a beacon for our
organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with
our community efforts. His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the
highest accomplishments, yet he never lost his humble nature.'