This Day In Sports History (July 20th) – Hank Aaron
It was on this day in 1976 that Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run in the majors. Aaron hit the home run off of Dick Drago of the California Angels in front of his home crowd at Milwaukee County Stadium. His first career home run occurred over 22 years earlier, on April 23, 1954.
Aaron’s home run record lasted for over 31 years, until Barry Bonds broke it in August of 2007. After breaking the record, Bonds would go on to hit only six more home runs in his career, setting the new record at 762.
Alex Rodriguez currently sits at 642 career home runs and is one week away from his 37th birthday. If A-Rod can stay healthy and keep up the production that we are used to seeing from him, he will have a legitimate chance of breaking Barry Bonds’ all-time home run mark. But it certainly won’t be easy for the Yankees’ third baseman.
Here is a clip of Barry Bonds tying Aaron’s record.
Peter Forsberg, NHL – Born July 20TH 1973 (age 39) in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
Ray Allen, NBA – Born July 20TH 1975 (age 37) in Merced, California
Pavel Datsyuk, NHL – Born July 20TH 1978 (age 34) in Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union