lawd ham mercy,
what is going on today?
it comes to a point where we will lose our legends.
we are not meant to stay here on earth permanently.
as we age; so do they.
what is good to know is that they made a difference with their time here on earth.
our black baseball great,
is not with us anymore as well…
Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, the Hall of Fame slugger whose 755 career home runs long stood as baseball’s golden mark, has died. He was 86.
“Our family is heartbroken to hear the news of Hank Aaron’s passing,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement on behalf of the Aaron family. “Hank Aaron was an American icon and one of Georgia’s greatest legends. His life and career made history, and his influence was felt not only in the world of sports, but far beyond — through his important work to advance civil rights and create a more equal, just society. We ask all Georgians to join us in praying for his fans, family, and loved ones as we remember Hammerin’ Hank’s incredible legacy.”
The Atlanta Braves said in a release that Aaron died peacefully in his sleep.
A 6-foot, 180-pounder, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s hallowed home run mark on April 8, 1974, slugging his record 715th off Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Al Downing in the fourth inning as 50,000-plus fans celebrated in Atlanta. In one of baseball’s iconic moments, Aaron trotted around the basepaths — despite briefly being interrupted by two fans — and ultimately touched home plate, where teammates hoisted him, his parents embraced him and he was interviewed by a young Craig Sager.
passings like this are comforting.
he lived a great life and died in his sleep rather than something tragic.
they were peaceful to know that even though they aren’t with us any longer,
they will forever live on within the history books for future generations.
“Hank Aaron represented an era in this nation of Black individuals who broke barriers. He did not only break barriers on the baseball field, but also in the civil rights movement,” @DerrickNAACP https://t.co/LkMx64adxa
— NAACP (@NAACP) January 23, 2021
rest in power,
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