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Hank Aaron didn’t want to be remembered for his home runs

Hank Aaron didn’t want to be remembered for his home runs

Henry
“Hank”
Aaron

passed
away
Friday
at
the
age
of
86
,
and
from
all
precincts
of
America
came
remembrances
and
odes
to
the
legacy
of
the
sports
and
civil
rights
icon.

If
the
baseball
legend
were
to
write
the
first
line
of
his
own
obituary,
he
made
clear
in
his
later
years
as
he
considered
his
profound
effect
on
society,
it
would
make
no
mention
of
his
status
as
MLB’s
longtime
home-run
king,

his
astounding
statistical
marks

or
his
All-Star
appearances.

“I
want
to
be
remembered
as
someone
who
was
able
to

forget
about
baseball,
to
play
the
game
the
way
it’s
supposed
to
be
played,
but
forget
about
baseball

but
be
able
to
help
mankind,
help
other
people,
to
do
things
that
necessarily
would
help
people
that
didn’t
have
the
ability
or
the
know-how
like
I
did,”

Aaron
said,
per
USA
Today.

“So
I
want
to
be
remembered
as
not
someone
who
hit
700
home
runs
or
someone
who
had
a
.300
batting
average,
but
someone
who
did
a
little
more,
did
other
things
to
help
mankind.”

And
judging
by

the
mournful
tributes
shared

Friday,
which
centered
his
efforts
as
a
humanitarian
and
champion
of
racial
equity,
he
will
get
his
much-deserved
wish.


Source : Jonathan Lehman Link