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The baseball world is mourning the loss of Hank Aaron, who died on Friday at the age of 86.
Aaron's MLB career with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers spanned from 1954-76, during which he made 25 All-Star teams, won three Gold Glove Awards, one MVP and one World Series. He broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record in 1974, retiring with 755 for his career.
Aaron's home run record stood for 31 years, and he's still MLB's all-time leader in RBIs (2,297). He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1982, and in 1999 MLB created the Hank Aaron Award to honor the best offensive player in both the American and National League.
A civil rights activist who endured racism as he closed in on Ruth's record, Aaron's impact spanned far beyond the diamond.
The Cubs and their players took to social media to remember the legendary outfielder on Friday.
Rest in peace, Hank Aaron.
A baseball legend who transcended the sport. pic.twitter.com/YpQ2C5fZ5H
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 22, 2021
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, who grew up in Georgia and spent his first five seasons with the Braves, posted a tribute to Aaron on Instagram, writing, "Thank you for being a Hero and thank you for being a light."
Former Cub Dexter Fowler, who grew up in Atlanta, remembered Aaron's legacy both on the diamond and "off the field and in the community."
First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who shares Aaron's jersey number, tweeted he's "proud every day to wear #44."
An American hero and baseball legend. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mr. Aaron's family and friends. I am proud every day to wear #44. RIP
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) January 22, 2021
Catcher Willson Contreras tweeted Aaron's "legacy will always be alive," and Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins tweeted a heartfelt message to one of his "heroes."
RIP Mr Hank Aaron.
Your legacy will always be alive 🙏🏼
— Willson Contreras (@WContreras40) January 22, 2021
Saddened to say today I lost one of my heroes, Henry Aaron. I was so Happy when I saw a man of color break the home run record. A great man both on and off the field. I send my love to the Aaron family. pic.twitter.com/2yXVjdn4X4
— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) January 22, 2021
Shortstop Javy Báez tweeted his condolences.
Rest peacefully, Mr. Aaron. A legend. My condolences and love to his family and friends. https://t.co/UuKFUlzHvf
— Javier Báez (@javy23baez) January 22, 2021
Rest in peace to a true legend.
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