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Hall of Famer Hank Aaron dies at 86

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ATLANTA (AP) — The baseball great and one-time home run king Hank Aaron has died.

The Atlanta Braves said he died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. No cause was given.

Aaron endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era.

“Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.

But the Hall of Famer will be remembered for one swing above all others, the one that made him baseball’s home-run king., died early Friday.

Hank Aaron was 86. 

Wisconsin reaction to Hank Aaron's death

(WXOW) - Baseball legend and Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron has passed away at age 86.

The baseball world is mourning the loss of the long-time Home Run king, Hank Aaron.

FOX Sports: MLB, tweeted out "R.I.P. to the legendary Hank Aaron" around 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Aaron became the Major League Baseball's all time home run leader on April 8, 1974, passing Babe Ruth.

Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs.

Barry Bonds later passed Aaron's record in August 2007.

Aaron was 86. There's been no additional information released on his death at this time.

Aaron has ties to Wisconsin having played for the Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee Brewers during his career.

Before embarking on his historic major league career, he also played in Eau Claire at Carson Park in 1952. A statue of Aaron now sits at the entrance to the stadium. He was present whe the statue was dedicated.

It details the time spent in Eau Claire.

The plaque with the statue says,

"Henry Aaron

On June 14, 1952, Henry Aaron made his professional baseball debut here at Carson Park with the Eau Claire Bears. In his first two at-bats, he hit run-scoring singles in a game against St. Cloud, Minn.

Aaron is depicted here as the Bears' 18-year-old shortstop from Mobile, Ala., wearing No. 6.

He went on to hit .336 with nine home runs for Eau Claire, a class C minor league team. He made the all-star team and was Northern League Rooke of the Year.

Two years later, in 1954, Aaron joined the Milwaukee Braves and hit the first of his major league record 755 home runs. He retired in 1976 with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1982, "Hammering Hank" was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y."

WREX contributed to this report.

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