Hank Aaron, the best there ever was!!! The book on how to pitch Hank read . . . "Hopefully no one is on base when he comes up."

Remembering 715: Hank Aaron rocked bias and hatred with mighty blow

Hank Aaron, the best there ever was!!! The book on how to pitch Hank read . . . "Hopefully no one is on base when he comes up."

April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career homerun,  breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935.

April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career homerun, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Hank Aaron and Ali in Los Angeles, 1969

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Hank Aaron and Ali in Los Angeles, 1969

life: Happy birthday, Hank Aaron. Hank Aaron spoke with LIFE.com about teammates and rivals who made his playing days so satisfying and so downright fun for so many years — read it here. (George Silk—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

life: Happy birthday, Hank Aaron. Hank Aaron spoke with LIFE.com about teammates and rivals who made his playing days so satisfying and so downright fun for so many years — read it here. (George Silk—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Henry Aaron - "Hammerin' Hank", 1957  The Greatest Home Run Hitter of all time. Period.

Henry Aaron - "Hammerin' Hank", 1957 The Greatest Home Run Hitter of all time. Period.

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