Hall of Famers still view Aaron as MLB’s home run king

National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Reds great Johnny Bench spoke Friday with Mason High School and University of Dayton graduate Dan Patrick on Dan Patrick Show about the legacy Major League Baseball legend Hank Aaron left behind when he passed away at the age of 86.

A photo of Cincinnati Reds great Johnny Bench making a play at the plate against fellow hall of famer Hank Aaron is displayed in the trophy room of Bench's Palm Beach Gardens home.

"When I broke in and I'm catching, Henry would come up ... and he would say, 'Hi John, how ya doin'?" Bench told Patrick. "And nobody ever knew that. And from the very beginning, I don't think there was a game that when he led off or his first time at bat, that he didn't say hello. I mean it was such a reward just to be with the man and to be at the Hall of Fame with him. And his gentleness, his class. ... And you know, 755 home runs - if you take those away, he still had 3,000 hits. He was a great base-stealer. He was a great defender. And he was just a better man and a better person. I am just so sad. And we can't do enough to say for him and what he did for baseball and what he meant to baseball - what he meant to everybody he played with. I can tell you - to a man - all those players would - just with adulation and respect. And I don't think you can leave a better legacy than for us to talk about him in this kind of manner and say what a just a gentle person and what a wonderful person and the all-time home run king to most people."

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