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Hank Aaron dies

Hank Aaron Praised For His ‘Legendary Accomplishments’

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Hank Aaron Praised

For His ‘Legendary

Accomplishments’

Jane Clark Also Cites ‘Generosity Of Spirit’

Hank Aaron waves to fans during the 2018 Parade of Legends during Induction Weekend in Cooperstown. His wife Billye was by his side. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)
Jane Forbes Clark
Hank Aaron’s plaque at 25 Main St.

COOPERSTOWN – Hank Aaron’s “generosity of spirit and legendary accomplishments will live in Cooperstown forever,” Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in reaction to this morning’s passing of the baseball legend.

“Hank Aaron’s incredible talent on the baseball field was only matched by his dignity and character, which shone brightly, not only here in Cooperstown, but with every step he took,” said Clark.

“His courage while pursuing the game’s all-time home run record served as an example for millions of people inside and outside of the sports world, who were also aspiring to achieve their greatest dreams.”

HANK AARON, 86, DIES, HIT MOST HOME RUNS, 715

HANK AARON, 86, 

DIES, HIT MOST

HOME RUNS, 715

ATLANTA – Longtime MLB home run king Hank Aaron passed away today at the age of 86.  Here’s the New York Times obituary.

The Hall of Famer broke MLB’s all-time home run mark on April 8, 1974, with No. 715 surpassing Yankees legend Babe Ruth. Aaron overcame death threats as he was fighting to break the mark.  He retired with 755 home runs.  His record was broken decades later by Barry Bonds.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility, he was a common sight on Cooperstown’s Main Street during Induction Weekend for years.

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