Hank Aaron, legendary Hall of Famer and long time Atlanta Brave, has died today, it was announced. He was 86.
Aaron, who played from 1954-1974 with the Braves (first in Milwaukee, then in Atlanta), and who finished up his career with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975-76, was long known for being the Home Run King, totaling 755 home runs — a record, until it was broken earlier in the 21st century by Barry Bonds.
The home run record, however, sometimes seemed to result in people overlooking what a terrific all-around ballplayer Aaron was. He was a 25 time All Star, won the National League MVP Award in 1957, finished in the top 3 six other times, appeared on the ballot a total of 19 times — every year from 1955 through 1973 — and won three Gold Gloves. On the career leaderboards, Aaron is 1st all time in total bases and RBIs, 2nd in home runs, 3rd in games played, hits and plate appearances, fourth in runs scored, and 13th in doubles.
Aaron has a career bWAR of 143.1, which is 7th all time, and finished in the top 10 in bWAR in his league 16 times. Home run record aside, he is truly one of the inner circle all time great players.