This Day In Sports History (April 8th) — Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron with Wife and Governor Jimmy Carter

It was on this day in 1974 that Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run.  Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record, which stood for an incredible 39 years.

Aaron hit his 713th home run on the second last day of the 1973 season, forcing him to wait all winter for his chance to tie, and break, the record.  During this time, he would receive numerous death threats as well as large amounts of hate mail from people who did not want to see a black man break Babe Ruth’s iconic record.  Unfortunately for them, “Hammerin’ Hank” would break the record in the first week of the next season, hitting No. 715 off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing.

In 2007, Barry Bonds hit career home run No. 756 to become baseball’s all-time home run king.  However, Bonds’ 762 career home runs will always have an asterisk beside them, while Aaron’s will not.


Notable Birthdays

John Havlicek, NBA – Born April 8th 1940 (age 74) in Martins Ferry, Ohio

Alex Gonzalez, MLB – Born April 8th 1973 (age 41) in Miami, Florida

Felix Hernandez, MLB – Born April 8th 1986 (age 28) in Valencia, Venezuela

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