Hank Aaron poses for a photo during an exhibition game in 1954. It was his first season in the majors.
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In pictures: Baseball icon Hank Aaron

Updated 9:14 AM ET, Fri October 29, 2021

Hank Aaron poses for a photo during an exhibition game in 1954. It was his first season in the majors.
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Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, the longtime home run king and one of the greatest baseball players of all time, has died at the age of 86.

Aaron etched his name into sports immortality when he broke Babe Ruth's record for career home runs. He smashed the record-breaking 715th home run on April 8, 1974, and he finished with 755 home runs when he retired in 1976.

Aaron, nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank," was selected for a record 25 All-Star Games over his career. He is now second all-time for home runs, behind Barry Bonds, and he remains the career leader for runs batted in (2,297). He is also in the top five for hits (3,771) and runs (2,174).

Aaron was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and he overcame poverty and racism on his way to becoming an icon. When he was chasing Ruth's record, Aaron received death threats and hate mail and was taunted daily at ballparks. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali once said Aaron was "the only man I idolize more than myself."