White Sox, former players remember Hank Aaron

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The baseball world lost a legend. The great Hank Aaron died on Friday. He was 86.

Aaron was a star during his career with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, and he broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record retiring with 755. He was a 25-time all-star, won the National League MVP and World Series in 1957.

Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Aaron was also an advocate for civil rights and endured racially-motivated threats as he closed in on Ruth's record.

The White Sox and some players have released statements on Twitter, remembering Aaron.

The team, itself:

White Sox legend Jim Thome released a statement:

"One of my most cherished memories is the day I had the honor of taking a phone call from the great Henry Aaron congratulating me on my Hall of Fame induction. He was a hero, both on and off the field and he encompassed everything that is good and pure about the game of baseball. Escorting him to his seat at the 2019 Induction ceremony was one of the great honors of my lifetime. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Billye, their children and all who loved him. Rest in power, Hammerin' Hank."

Hall of Famer Harold Baines:

"Hank Aaron truly was an Icon. When I met him, I was struck by how such a great player could be such a humble man. This is a sad day as we lost one of baseball's true greats. My condolences to all of Hank's friends and family."

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson:

Former White Sox shortstop and World Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen:

Jermaine Dye, a member of the 2005 World Series championship team:

Frank Thomas, former two-time AL MVP and member of the 2005 World Series team:

White Sox fan Chance The Rapper:

RIP Hank.

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