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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

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.

It was the most celebrated record in all of sports and Aaron would hold it for more than 30 years, before being overtaken by Barry Bonds, who finished with 762 but who also played under a cloud of suspicion that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

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