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.