One of the most beloved players of all time, and one of the few with a legit case for best player ever, Henry Aaron, passed away in his sleep last night. At this point, reports are light on details, but they are sure to follow.
For myself, this is another emotional moment as another of my boyhood fandom idols has passed. In what seems an unbelievable streak, he’s now the 10th Hall of Famer to die in just the past 12 months.
Aaron played 21 years for the Braves, both in Milwaukee and Atlanta. His final two seasons were back in Milwaukee with the Brewers in 1975 and 1976. Before he joined the Braves, he also played in the Negro Leagues (recently MLB acknowledged the Negro Leagues as major leagues, through 1948–Aaron’s time there was after that). After his playing career he was a fixture as part of the Braves organization essentially for the rest of his life.
Every baseball fan knows he hit 755 homers. He also holds the records for most extra base hits and most RBI. He is one of the few with over 4,000 hits as a professional ball player.