Pumanaw na ang baseball legend na si Hank Aaron sa edad na 86.
“Hank Aaron is near the top of everyone’s list of all-time great players,” pahayag ni Major League Baseball (MBL) commissioner Rob Manfred.
“His monumental achievements as a player were surpassed only by his dignity and integrity as a person. Hank symbolized the very best of our game, and his all-around excellence provided Americans and fans across the world with an example to which to aspire. His career demonstrates that a person who goes to work with humility every day can hammer his way into history — and find a way to shine like no other,” dagdag pa niya.
Naglaro si “Hammer” sa 23 mga season ng MBL.
Sa 21 mga season, naglaro siya para sa koponang Atlanta Braves at dalawang season naman para sa Milwaukee Brewers.
Sa isang tweet, nagpakita ng pakikiramay ang dati nitong koponan na Braves.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2021
“It is with great sadness we share the passing of our home run king, Hank Aaron,” anila sa naturang tweet.
“We are absolutely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank,” saad ni Terry McGuirk ng Braves sa isang liham.
“He was a beacon for our organization first as a player, then with player development, and always with our community efforts. His incredible talent and resolve helped him achieve the highest accomplishments, yet he never lost his humble nature. Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t just our icon, but one across Major League Baseball and around the world.
His success on the diamond was matched only by his business accomplishments off the field and capped by his extraordinary philanthropic efforts.
We are heartbroken and thinking of his wife Billye and their children Gaile, Hank Jr., Lary, Dorinda and Ceci and his grandchildren,” saad niya sa kanyang liham.
Kinilalang All-Star nang 25 na beses si Aaron mula 1955 hanggang 1975.
Ilan pa sa parangal na kanyang natanggap ay ang pagiging World Series champion at NL MVP taong 1957.