Hall of Famer Hank Aaron died on January 22, 2021 at age 86. Besides being one of the best all-time major leaguers, he was even more well-respected off the field. A perennial all-star, he still holds major-league records for RBIs and total bases. Of course, he is most known for breaking Babe Ruth’s long-standing record of 714 home runs. Altogether he hit 755 homers during his 23-year career.
Aaron’s career brought him to New Orleans on a couple of occasions–in fact, he hit homers in back-to-back games, although they were not part of hit 755 number.
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Aaron had several family ties in pro baseball. His brother Tommie played for the Braves from 1962-1971. His brother-in-law Bill Lucas was an executive in the Braves front office. His son Hank Jr. was a scout in the Braves organization. His son Lary played in the Braves minor-league system in 1981-1982 and then became a scout for the Braves. His cousins Wilmer and Melvin played in the minors in the 1970s.
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