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Hank Aaron, US baseball legend, and great friend of Japanese rival Sadaharu Oh

Former slugger will be remembered for beating racism on his race to stardom

Hall of Fame baseball star Hank Aaron, among the greatest players in history, died at the age of 86 on Jan. 22. Here he is shown in a portrait at the Polo Grounds in Brooklyn before the start of the 1954 season.   © AP

TOKYO -- The American sports world lost a legend on Friday when Hank Aaron, the Hall of Fame baseball star, died at age 86. Aaron won many different batting titles during the course of his 23-year major league career and held many MLB batting records, but by far his most famous achievement was hitting 755 career home runs, surpassing the previous lifetime total of 714 held by the legendary Babe Ruth.

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