Photos: Hank Aaron’s life and career

Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, right, and Delaware Gov. Sherman Tribbitt say hello to Atlanta Braves Hank Aaron, left, following a rain canceled game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Sept. 27, 1973, Atlanta, Ga. The cancellation slowed Aaron’s opportunity to tie or break Babe Ruth’s home run record.

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Baseball legend Hank Aaron has died at the age of 86.

Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank,” Aaron is considered one of the greatest baseball players in history. He surpassed Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs of all time in 1974 and held onto that title for the next 33 years.

Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He was awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom in 2002 by President George W. Bush.