Aaron Takes The Crown Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 30 June 2006

April 8, 1974 - Aaron was 15 months old when Babe Ruth hit the last of his record 714 homers. Thirty-eight years later, in the summer of '73, Aaron's chase to beat the Babe heated up.  The year ended with Aaron at 713 homers. Hammerin' Hank was determined not to let the threats distract him from his quest. On his first swing of the 1974 season, he tied Babe's record in Cincinnati.

In the fourth inning, on his first swing of the evening, he ripped a fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Al Downing into the Braves bullpen, where it was caught by reliever Tom House.

As Aaron rounded second base, two college students appeared and ran alongside him. He was mobbed by his teammates when he reached home plate.

Baseball had a new home-run king.

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