Hank Aaron Breaks Baseball’s Home Run Record 44 years ago #OTD

After completing the 1973 season with 713 home runs, Hank Aaron needed just four games in the 1974 campaign to pass Babe Ruth on baseball’s all-time Home Run list with number 715.

On April 8, 1974, Aaron’s fourth-inning home run off the Dodgers’ Al Downing came on the heels of an Opening Day blast against the Reds’ Jack Billingham that left Aaron tied with Ruth. In the bottom of the fourth, Aaron planted a 1-0 pitch from Downing over the left-centerfield wall to tie the game – and surpass Ruth.

I remember the pitch like it was yesterday watching it on TV with my Dad.


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