Aaron Appreciation: Remembering the Hammer

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Aaron Appreciation: Remembering the Hammer

Once home run king dead at 86
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves reacts during a 1973 game in Atlanta after hitting 700th career home run against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hank Aaron smiles after being presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the Consul General of Japan at his official residence in Atlanta. Japan honored the former home run king with one of its highest awards, bestowing the Order of the Rising Sun for bringing young people and countries together through baseball.
Hank Aaron holds up the ball after throwing the ceremonial last pitch to former Manager Bobby Cox after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in 2016 in Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron (44) breaks Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs as he hits his 715th off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing in the fourth inning of a 1974 game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Ga.
Major League Baseball’s all-time career home run record holder Hank Aaron and his wife Billye take a lap in a golf cart around Turner Field in Atlanta in 1999 after a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of his breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs on April 8, 1974.

Aaron Appreciation: Remembering the Hammer

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves reacts during a 1973 game in Atlanta after hitting 700th career home run against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hank Aaron smiles after being presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the Consul General of Japan at his official residence in Atlanta. Japan honored the former home run king with one of its highest awards, bestowing the Order of the Rising Sun for bringing young people and countries together through baseball.
Hank Aaron holds up the ball after throwing the ceremonial last pitch to former Manager Bobby Cox after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in 2016 in Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron (44) breaks Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs as he hits his 715th off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing in the fourth inning of a 1974 game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Ga.
Major League Baseball’s all-time career home run record holder Hank Aaron and his wife Billye take a lap in a golf cart around Turner Field in Atlanta in 1999 after a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of his breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs on April 8, 1974.
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