The 43rd Anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run

Photo by Chris Evans

Photo by Chris Evans

April 8 was the 43rd anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, which broke the record of Babe Ruth set over 50 years prior. Aaron received scores of death threats and hate mail as he neared Ruth’s record. Throughout the chase, Aaron maintained a calmness and grace that belied the worry and anxiety he was feeling. Aaron persevered and finally hit 715 on April 8, 1974, at Fulton County stadium, on a 1-0 fastball from Dodgers’ pitcher Al Downing. Attached is the audio from the three broadcasters at the game: Curt Gowdy with NBC, Milo Hamilton with the Braves, and Vin Scully with the Dodgers. Pay close attention to Hamilton’s and Scully’s calls.



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