Braves legend Hank Aaron's death leads to suggestions of renaming team, stadium in his honor


The year following Roberto Clemente's untimely death in 1972, Major League Baseball renamed the Commissioner's Award, presented to the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team," to honor the all-time Pittsburgh Pirates great. It is still known today as the Roberto Clemente Award. In honor of Jackie Robinson's contributions to baseball and his historic entry into the majors as a black rookie, the league renamed the Rookie of the Year Award to the Jackie Robinson Award on the 40th year anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier.

And though an award is already named for Hank Aaron — it's appropriately given to the top hitter in each league — fans are calling for a posthumous honor that relates specifically to the team with which he spent practically his entire career: the Braves.

Aaron passed away at 86 years old, and social media was flooded with sentimental tributes and bittersweet memories.

But while many prominent figures chose to look to the past to honor Aaron's life, others wanted to look forward and continue to honor the legend following his passing.

These ideas are along the same lines as those that fellow Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy, among other fans, has suggested in the past.

A Reddit post has also received a lot of support for the idea.

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