Discover the records that Hank Aaron broke in his legendary baseball career



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Record breaker. Legendary slugger. Baseball Hall of Famer. Who was Hank Aaron? One of eight children, Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama. As a teenager, he played baseball for the semipro Mobile Black Bears. In 1952 Aaron began his professional baseball career, playing in the Negro American League, before having his contract bought out by the Boston Braves of the National League, who assigned him to the minor league teams. He moved up to the majors in 1954, a year after the Braves moved to Milwaukee. Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank,” Aaron helped the Braves win the World Series in 1957 and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. By the time the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1964, he was on the path to breaking numerous all-time batting records, including the most extra-base hits and runs batted in. In 1974 Hank Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth’s all-time record of 714 home runs. He finished his career with 755 home runs, a record that would last until Barry Bonds passed the mark in 2007. After 23 seasons, Aaron retired in 1976 and became an executive for the Braves. He was a champion of civil rights, providing support for organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1982 Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He died on January 22, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 86.