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Mobile's "Hammerin' Hank" Aaron remembered by the Associated Press

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A trailblazing baseball slugger who called Mobile home is among the names remembers by the Associated Press for notable Americans who died this year. The world of baseball lost former Atlanta Braves star Hank Aaron in January. He endured racist threats on his path to breaking Babe Ruth’s record. Aaron is still considered one of the game’s greatest players. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are also on the list. They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders, but saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the war in Iraq. Other public figures to make the AP list include actors Cicely Tyson, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Plummer, Olympia Dukakis, and Ned Beatty, as well as Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, and songwriter Stephen Sondheim.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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