The Atlanta Braves will have a special new addition to their uniforms when they take the field in 2014: A patch commemorating the 40th anniversary of Henry Aaron’s historic 715th home run.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 11, 2014
Aaron smacked his then major league record 715th homer on April 8, 1974 in front of a home crowd of 53,775 – a Braves all-time record for attendance at the time.
He hit his home run off Al Downing in the fourth inning. Because the game happened to be on NBC, there’s good video of it. It’s one of the more famous clips in MLB history.
Those two guys running out on the field? Crazy. They didn’t even know there were snipers in the stadium.
Babe Ruth fell to second place on the all-time home run list with that blast. Aaron would finish with 755 home runs, a record that would stand until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007.
But of course many people still consider Aaron to be the true home run king, because Bonds allegedly hit all his homers while using steroids.
Will the San Francisco Giants, in the year 2047, be sporting “756” patches in honor of Bonds’ record breaking homer? If we’re not all living underwater by then, I think they will. They still love them some Bonds in San Francisco.