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Hank Aaron on Breaking Babe Ruth’s HR Record

HomeHank Aaron on Breaking Babe Ruth’s HR Record

For decades following Babe Ruth’s career nobody believed that his record of 714 home runs would ever be surpassed. Until April 8, 1974 when the world’s eyes were focused on Henry “Hank” Aaron.

In this episode, former Home Run King Hank Aaron talks about his vivid and not so vivid memories of the game that he hit Home Run #715, breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record. Aaron remembers that at bat and what his life was like leading up to and after that night.

Hank Aaron
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Aaron in 2013
Right fielder
Born: February 5, 1934 (age 83)
Mobile, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1954, for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1976, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average .305
Hits 3,771
Home runs 755
Runs batted in 2,297
Career highlights and awards

MLB records:

  • 2,297 runs batted in
  • 6,856 total bases
  • 1,477 extra-base hits
Member of the National
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Inducted 1982
Vote 97.83% (first ballot)


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