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Home run king passes away at 86

(Agence France-Presse) - January 24, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Long-time Major League Baseball home run king Hank Aaron was remembered for his character and dignity as well as his sporting achievements following his death Friday at age 86.

Aaron shrugged off racism and death threats to pass the record 714 homers hit by Babe Ruth in 1974, finishing on 755 for his career and becoming a pioneer in front office opportunities for black players after their careers.

“Hank Aaron was one of the best baseball players we’ve ever seen and one of the strongest people I’ve ever met,” former US President Barack Obama said.

“Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Aaron family and everyone who was inspired by this unassuming man and his towering example.”

Newly-elected US President Joe Biden has fond memories of watching Aaron hit home runs.

“I knew I was watching someone special,” Biden said. “With courage and dignity, he eclipsed the most hallowed record in sports.”

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