he world will say its final goodbyes to Henry Louis Aaron, better known as “Hammerin’ Hank,” on Wednesday.
The home run king will be laid to rest in southwest Atlanta following a funeral service at Friendship Baptist Church at 1 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service will be private but will be streamed right here on FOX5Atlanta.com.
Hank Aaron to be laid to rest after funeral service
The world will say its final goodbyes to Hank Aaron on Wednesday afternoon.
The funeral service follows a private memorial service at Truist Park Tuesday, where Atlanta Braves Manager Brian Snitker, who got his start in the dugout thanks to Aaron, delivered an emotional message.
“He always wanted to move a player up, and he preferred that it wasn’t the so-called bonus babies,” said Snitker, choking back tears. “He wanted to get that grinder guy, the guy who was overachieving.”
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Snitker toiled in minor league obscurity through most of his coaching and managing career before finally getting the call to become Braves skipper at age 60. Since then, he has guided the team to three straight NL East titles, earning NL Manager of the Year
“I’ll miss the times he used to stop by, come by my office and we could just sit and talk,” Snitker said. “I’ll miss the friend and the mentor that I had in my life.”
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Others sent videotaped tributes, including Baseball Hall of Famers John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, one-time Aaron teammate and current Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman, and former Braves great Dale Murphy, who captured back-to-back MVP awards in the 1980s.