This morning the death of Hank Aaron (USA) was announced. He was 86. He died in his sleep for causes that have not yet been announced.
Aaron had the Major League Home Run record for 33 years (755), until he was surpassed by Barry Bonds (USA) in 2007 (762), although Bonds’ record is an asterisk record as he was helped by the use of prohibited steroids.
Aaron managed to hit 24 or more home runs each year from 1955 to 1973 and in 1982 he was inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
He still holds the record for being selected to the All-Star Games most times (25, played 24), most RBIs (2,297), extra-base hits (1,477) and total bases (6,856).
He also ranks in the top five in other categories: hits (3,771), runs (2,174), at-bats (12,364), and games played (3,298).
He was, without a doubt, one of the best players in the history of baseball. May he rest in peace.