Hank Aaron Honored by MLB Players with No. 44 Jerseys at 2021 All-Star Festivities

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2021

FILE - Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron eyes the flight of the ball after hitting his 715th career homer in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta, Ga., in this Monday night, April 8, 1974, file photo. Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record of 714 career home runs. Dodgers southpaw pitcher Al Downing, catcher Joe Ferguson and umpire David Davidson look on. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
AP Photo/Harry Harris

Legendary baseball player Hank Aaron died earlier this year, but his presence will be felt at the 2021 All Star Game festivities.

Players will wear his old No. 44 as a way of honoring him when they take the field this week:

Mark Melancon @Mark_Melancon_

The boys honoring the great Hank Aaron! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllStarGame?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AllStarGame</a> <a href="https://t.co/Mg9mLDrjvw">pic.twitter.com/Mg9mLDrjvw</a>

C. Trent Rosecrans @ctrent

Crap, this didn’t go through earlier, but Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos during media availability today. (Everyone is wearing No. 44 today for Hank Aaron) <a href="https://t.co/Qz074yOVeL">pic.twitter.com/Qz074yOVeL</a>

Aaron, who died at the age of 86 in January, was one of the best players in baseball history. He played 23 years for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers and is second on Major League Baseball's all-time home run list with 755 long balls.

He amassed a Hall of Fame resume that included an MVP, a World Series title, three Gold Glove awards, two batting titles and an All-Star Game selection in every one of his seasons except his first (1954) and last (1976).

As for this year's All-Star Game festivities, the Home Run Derby will take place Monday and the game will take place Tuesday at Coors Field in Colorado.