Atlanta United honor Hank Aaron by retiring No. 44 for 2021 season

The world lost an icon that transcended the world of sports with Friday’s passing of Hank Aaron, and Atlanta United have introduced the membership will be retiring Aaron’s No. 44 for the 2021 season in honor of one of many metropolis’s preeminent legendary figures.

The longtime MLB home run king handed away on Friday on the age of 86, forsaking a legacy of excellence on the sphere as one of the dominant hitters of all time, but in addition off of it as a vital determine in advancing civil rights and the battle for racial equality and justice.

Atlanta United can be joined in retiring No. 44 for the 2021 season by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

“To celebrate the unbelievable life and career of baseball legend Hank Aaron, we’re proud to retire the No. 44 this season for our Atlanta United and ATLUTD 2 teams,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales mentioned in a membership launch. “He was an American hero, a trailblazer and arguably Atlanta’s greatest sports icon. The influence he had on our metropolis, our country and the sports world is immeasurable. Hank Aaron will undoubtedly stay on by the numerous lives he touched and by the young athletes throughout the globe who he has impressed.”

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