Hank Aaron celebrated as hero and icon in outpouring of remembrances on social media

Few in baseball loomed larger than Hank Aaron — a home run king, civil rights fighter and all-around American icon.

He passed Babe Ruth on the all-time list while enduring death threats and racism. He played in 25 All-Star games during a long and decorated career. He made the Hall of Fame and collected 3,771 hits. He was the first hero of so many children and he lived on to become an ambassador of the game he made better.

After his death Friday at age 86, there was no shortage of tributes to Aaron. They poured in from baseball players, celebrities, politicians and icons from other sports.

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