Still the King: Hank Aaron died an American hero, and the champion of the home run

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 24, 2021 1:34 PM CT | Published: January 22, 2021 7:00 PM CT
<strong>Atlanta Braves slugger&nbsp;Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta Stadium, breaking the all-time record set by Babe Ruth. Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died Friday, Jan. 22. He was 86.</strong> (Joe Holloway Jr./Associated Press file)

Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta Stadium, breaking the all-time record set by Babe Ruth. Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died Friday, Jan. 22. He was 86. (Joe Holloway Jr./Associated Press file)

Don Wade
Daily Memphian

Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.

From humble beginnings to home run king, Hank Aaron, who died on Jan. 22, left a legacy. He even found time for a brief stopover in Memphis and hit a home run in a football stadium.

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