Cubs players react to Hank Aaron's passing


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Hank Aaron was one of the all-time greats (Pool Photo - USA Today Sports)
Hank Aaron was one of the all-time greats (Pool Photo - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today join all of Major League Baseball in mourning the passing of Henry “Hank” Aaron.

A legend of the game, Aaron hit his 715th career home run on April 8, 1974, to surpass Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s home run champion. He started his professional career with Indianapolis of the Negro Leagues in 1952 then played 21 seasons with the Braves (1954-74) and two campaigns with the Brewers (1975-76). He played in 24 MLB

All-Star Games and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, MLB created the Hank Aaron Award, given to the best overall offensive performer in each league.

“Baseball has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Hank Aaron,” said Chicago Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts. “He embodied the best of baseball, both as a remarkable player and person. He showed extraordinary poise and character throughout his amazing career, especially during his pursuit of the MLB home run record. During and after his playing days, Hank was a true ambassador of our sport.”

Three times, Cubs players have had the honor of accepting the Hank Aaron Award from its namesake, with Sammy Sosa doing so in 1999, Aramis Ramírez in 2008 and Kris Bryant in 2016.

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