Transcript for Remembering baseball legend Hank Aaron
celebrate the life of civil rights legend, humanitarian and hall of famer hank Aaron. Fans, players and even presidents among those remembering the baseball great for his work on and off the field. ABC's elwyn Lopez has more. High fly to the deep left center field. Buckner goes back to the fence. It is gone! Reporter: A nation mourning the loss of home run king hank Aaron, a man who was far more than a sports legend. Growing up in mobile, Alabama, during the great depression. As a young boy, the American icon taught himself how to play baseball during the great depression. He hit bottle caps with sticks and made bats out of tree limbs. My uncle helped me chase my dream. I remember I combed his hair and he said if you comb it 100 times I will throw 100 baseballs to you. Reporter: And those throws got him into the Negro leagues. The legend speaking with our Alex Presha last year. I played with some ball players that knew how to play the game and they taught me an awful lot and I took it upon myself to learn all that I could. Reporter: Then on to the majors with the braves. Breaking babe Ruth's home run record in 1974. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the deep south for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. Reporter: But Aaron acknowledged it was an uphill battle dogged by racist hate mail and death threats. I received so many letters. The ones that I opened started out by being very hateful and spiteful. Reporter: Through it all becoming an advocate for civil rights and co-founding the hank Aaron chasing the dream foundation. Now an outpouring of support from former presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama to fellow hall-of-famers. But the legacy he leaves behind is far from over. Take a look at where we're standing. This is an empty parking lot. It used to be the stadium where he made history. Now all that's left is this outfield wall where he hit that 715th home run still standing strong like his impact. A little piece of history. Elwyn, thank you for that story.
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