Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 5, 1934. He was one of eight children born to Herbert and Estella Aaron, according to the outlet. His daughter confirmed his death.
His family was so poor they did not have the money to get a proper baseball gear for the little baseball legend, but that did not stop him. He then began to perfect his baseball skill hitting bottle caps with sticks he would find.
The home-runner became the king on April 8, 1974 with No, 715 surpassing Yankees legend Babe Ruth, according to the New York Post.
Hank Aaron had hit 44 home runs by his fourth season, according to CBS46. The baseball legend also drove in 132 RBIs and won the National League MVP award. The 1957 season started a lengthy run that saw Aaron hit at least 25 home runs in every season until 1973. During this time, Aaron and the Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta where Aaron became a living legend on the field.
Aaron finished with 755 home runs, a mark that was ultimately passed by Barry Bonds under the stain of PED use. Many still consider Aaron the sport’s true home run leader.
Aaron was well known as one of the true gentleman of the sport, respected by peers and fans for the way he carried himself while breaking baseball’s most-revered record.
“I don’t think too many people got a chance to know me through the years, and that was something that was my own doing, because I’m actually kind of a loner, a guy that has stayed to himself,” Aaron told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2006. “A lot of people thought they knew me, but they really didn’t.
“They pretend that they know me, but I travel alone. I do just about everything alone. I have associates, but I don’t have many friends. I would just want to be remembered as somebody who just tried to be fair with people.”
Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. His 2,297 RBIs are still the most in the history of the sport.