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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:
Baseball has lost a titan.
Rest in Peace Hank Aaron, one of the greatest to ever play the game. pic.twitter.com/IvJwGAhmPJ
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 22, 2021
"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."
"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:
Thank You! You opened it up for a kid like me to be myself in this tough game. Forever grateful for that and Always will be just that... MYSELF🤞🏾
Rest Up Legend🐐🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6iCbNa03DN
— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) January 22, 2021
Former White Sox shortstop and World Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen:
rip a real legend no only on the field off the field was more than a legend u never die u allwaybe whit us pic.twitter.com/de6qjEVoxv
— Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen) January 22, 2021
Jermaine Dye, a member of the 2005 World Series championship team:
— Jermaine Dye (@JermaineDye) January 22, 2021
Frank Thomas, former two-time AL MVP and member of the 2005 World Series team:
I’m speechless! RIP to the greatest of all time Mr. Hank Aaron!! I’m just stunned. Hank was the standard of greatness for me. The one man who I acted like a kid around star struck always! He was the definition of class! God Bless you and your family!! #HRKing#HammeringHank🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) January 22, 2021
White Sox fan Chance The Rapper:
Wow RIP Hank Aaron 😢
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 22, 2021
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