Anniversary: Hank Aaron Broke The Home-Run Record 45 Years Ago Today


Benjamin Fox Contributor
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On April 9th, 1974 Hank Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth as the all-time MLB home-run leader. Aaron who did most of his damage with the Braves, hit his 715th home-run 45 years ago today. Hammerin’ Hank is most remembered for his propensity for the long-ball, 755 to be exact, but people forget this guy was an all-around legendary MLB player.

Aaron ended his 23-year career with a .305 batting average, 240 stolen bases, and 2297 runs batted in. Does that sound like a good career to you? While Aaron’s home-run record was eventually overtaken by Barry Bonds, he still holds the record for most RBI of-all-time. (RELATED: Yasiel Puig Tries To Fight The Entire Pittsburgh Pirates Organization)

While he absolutely had one of the best and most memorable careers in all of sports, his career will always be synonymous with breaking Ruth’s record that many thought would stand forever.

Personally, I can’t help but envy the day where fans were able to get onto the field with such ease. Nowadays we are stuck watching baseball through a net. But at least we’re safe!