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    Hank Aaron (86), Hall of Famer and former home run king, dies at 86

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    The Atlanta Braves say baseball great and one-time home run king Hank Aaron has died at 86, the Associated Press is reporting.

    ?Hammerin? Hank? was born Henry Louis Aaron in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 5, 1934.

    In 1951, Aaron began his baseball career playing for the Negro American League?s Indianapolis Clowns.

    Three years later, Aaron made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves, now the Atlanta Braves, where he hit his first big league home run against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    During his Hall of Fame career, Aaron had 3,771 hits, 755 home runs and a batting average of .305.

    He also played in 25 All-Star games and won three Golden Gloves.

    Aaron played his final game on Oct. 3, 1976.

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    https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/han...ta-high-school



    ATLANTA - Late baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is among several names being considered to replace a Ku Klux Klan leader’s name on an Atlanta high school.

    An Atlanta school board committee narrowed a list of recommended name changes for Forrest Hill Academy on Wednesday and included two tributes to the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves right fielder.

    The names are: Hank Aaron Center of Learning and Growth, Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy, Barbara Whitaker Center for Excellence and Hammond Park Academy, reports said.

    Aaron died last week at the age of 86. " Hammerin’ Hank " set a wide array of career hitting records during his 23-year span, ultimately breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record while enduring racist threats.

    Barbara Whitaker died last year. She was a Spelman College graduate who served as the district’s assistant superintendent. Hammond Park is where the school is located.

    ALSO: GSU says new ballpark will honor Hank Aaron

    Although Aaron and Whitaker’s names are in the running, Atlanta Public School policy states, schools can only be named after those who "have been deceased for five years." The restriction can be waived with a unanimous school board vote.

    The naming committee will meet Feb. 25 to choose a recommendation. The school board must sign off on the name before it is changed.

    Forrest Hill Academy is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

    The school board recently agreed to change the name of Henry W. Grady High School to Midtown High School.

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