This Day in History: Hank Aaron Hits Home Run Number 715

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Baseball has been played in our country for more than 150 years. In all those years it’s hard to say which truly memorable moments we’ve witnessed.

Baseball has always been a huge part of my life. It is, in my opinion, the greatest sport of them all. I still cling to the notion that is our national past time.

Babe Ruth died 10 years before I was born. His legend of course is one that transcends baseball to every segment of our lives. The Babe hit 714 career home runs. The most ever by a major league player until April 8, 1974. Exactly 40 years ago today. It was a Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves from Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta and NBC carried the game to a national audience.

I was a sophomore in high school. I could barely handle the anticipation. Would I be able to watch history? Would I see Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth’s all time home run record? In the 4th inning my baseball dream came true. I did witness baseball history as Hammerin’ Hank hit his 715th home run of his career.

There are 3 famous calls of this home run: Curt Gowdy on the national broadcast on NBC, Vin Scully who still to this day is the play by play man for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ games, and the call that is synonymous with Hank Aaron’s historic home run, his name is Milo Hamilton and I still get chills listening to his memorable call of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run.

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