ATLANTA (WSAV) – One of the greatest players in baseball’s history was honored with a memorial service Tuesday at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.
Former home run king and civil rights trailblazer Hank Aaron died Friday night in his sleep. He was 86.
The service was kept small, with a few of Aaron’s friends, family and fellow Braves attending in person.
“Hank epitomized what being an Atlanta Brave is. How he lived his life both on and off the field, always with class and grace,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.
“I’ll miss the times he used to stop by. He’d come into my office and we’d just sit and talk,” Snitker said. Holding back tears, he added, “I’ll miss the friend and the mentor that I had in my life.”
Prerecorded videos from other Braves team members were shown throughout the service as well.
Funeral services are set for Wednesday. A private ceremony will be held at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta.