After 40 years, 715 still resonates with fans

 

 

Today is the 40th anniversary of Henry “Hank” Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s homerun record and becoming the all-time homerun king of Major League Baseball.  I wasn’t even a year old at the time, but as a lifelong Braves fan, I remember that plexiglass outfield fence at Fulton County Stadium. My early childhood memories involve quite a few highs and lows inside the confines of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, otherwise known as “The Launching Pad” and later, “The Chop House”.

For the faithful, you can still stand on or near the ground where that ball cleared the fence, at least for the time being.  I haven’t heard of any plans involving the real estate around Turner Field and the old Fulton County Stadium area once the Braves depart for Cobb County in 2017.  No matter what, nothing will ever fade away the memory of that homerun.  From what I remember in stories past, you should be able to find Hank at his Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop in the West End area of Atlanta.

 

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8 thoughts on “After 40 years, 715 still resonates with fans

  1. The closest active player to Aaron’s 755, is Albert Pujols with 492. Albert is too old to make any kind of serious run at it. Miguel Cabrera is 31 years old and has 366 and the most by any player 29 years old or younger is Ryan Zimmerman with 180 (and he’s 29).

    The Hammer’s record (I don’t consider the Bonds number legitimate) will eventually be broken but somebody my age and maybe even your’s Bro, probably won’t be around to see it.

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    • I don’t think his number will be topped. The game is more of a pitching game now even with hitter friendly parks. The whole juiced era numbers should be disregarded in my view. Performance enhancing drugs won’t give you hand eye coordination that you don’t have already, but it is a distinct advantage to people who can hit.

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  2. Hammering Hank

    To average 30 plus home runs for 20 plus years and let’s not forget 3700 hits (3rd all time) is just amazing.

    To put it lightly he slugged his way to the Cooperstown.

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  3. I happened upon this, which puts Aaron’s incredible offensive stats in their proper perspective. I knew he was consistent beyond belief, but I didn’t know this:

    “Nobody’s breaking Henry Aaron’s total bases record. Nobody. Ever. Aaron’s 6,856 total bases is 700 more than second-place Stan Musial. Barry Bonds, for all those splash balls he hit into the water and all those MVP awards, still finished his career about NINE HUNDRED total bases shy of Henry Aaron. Alex Rodriguez would need more than 1,400 more total bases to get into the Henry Aaron stratosphere. That record is just about untouchable.”

    http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/its-not-that-good-to-be-the-king/

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