Atlanta Honors the Hammer

This weather here in the Mid-West is taking it’s toll on everyone, so maybe a quick positive article about the upcoming MLB season, and “The boys of summer” will be therapeutic.

On April 8th, during the Home Opener against the NY Mets, the Atlanta Braves will honor one of the most famous athletes to don a uniform here in the land of cheese and beer…Hammerin’ Hank Aaron.

Aaron - Milwaukee Braves

Aaron – Milwaukee Braves

Opening Day in Atlanta will be the 40th Anniversary (4/8/1974) of one of the Greatest accomplishments in MLB History, Hank Aaron hitting homerun number 715. He broke a record, that at the time was thought to be extrememly difficult to surpass, the career home run total of 714 put up by the legendary Babe Ruth.

The Braves will have a pre-game ceremony (4/8/14) honoring Aaron, and wear a commemorative patch on their right sleeve throughout the season shaped like homeplate. The patch will have the number 715 on it, along with Aaron’s autograph, and the script “40th Anniversary.”

Aaron’s 715th “dinger” came in the 4th inning off of Dodger starter Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in front of 53,755 fans.

#715 in the books

#715 in the books

Aaron started his career here in Milwaukee as a Brave in ’54, moved with the team to Atlanta in ’66, then came full circle, completing his career where it all started, in Milwaukee, as a Brewer in 1975 & 76… finishing with 755 career Home Runs.

Aaron as a Brewer

Aaron as a Brewer

Congratulations Hank…enjoy your day…because we ENJOYED your career!

If you want to see the footage of #715 go to:

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