Apr. 23, 1954 - Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 major league home runs

image

In 1953 the Milwaukee Braves signed Hank Aaron to a major league contract and gave the slugger a Braves uniform with the number five. On April 13, Aaron made his major league debut and was hitless in five at-bats. On April 15, Aaron collected his first major league hit (a double) and inevitably hit his first major league home run on April 23. Over the next 122 games, Aaron batted .280 with thirteen homers before he suffered a fractured ankle on September 5. He then changed his number to 44, which would turn out to look like a “lucky number” for the slugger. Aaron would hit 44 home runs in four different seasons, and he hit his record-breaking 715th career home run off Dodgers pitcher Al Downing, who coincidentally also wore number 44.

Read More

Apr. 8, 1974 - Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s home run record

As the 1974 season began, Hank Aaron's pursuit of the record caused a small controversy. The Atlanta Braves opened the season on the road in Cincinnati with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Braves management wanted him to break the record in Atlanta, and were therefore going to have Aaron sit out the first three games of the season. But Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn ruled that he had to play two games in the first series. He played two out of three, tying Babe Ruth’s record in his very first at bat — on his first swing of the season — off Reds pitcher Jack Billingham, but did not hit another home run in the series.

Read More

"Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing." - Warren Spahn

Timing is everything.

Feb. 26, 1935 - New York Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves

Babe Ruth signed with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and a share in the team’s profits.

Read More

"In any group, you’ve got those who love you, those who hate you and those who are undecided. The key to leadership is to keep the ones who hate you away from those who are undecided." - Casey Stengel

Aug. 6, 1972 - Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs with one team

Hank Aaron's second homer (#661) of the day was a 10th inning blast which enabled the Atlanta Braves to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3.

Did You Know:
On February 29, 1972,
Aaron signed a three-year deal with the Atlanta Braves that payed him $200,000 per year, making him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball at the time.

"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." - Hank Aaron

"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." - Hank Aaron

Aug. 11, 1951 - first baseball game broadcasts in color

New York’s WCBS broadcasts the first major league baseball game, in color. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1. The first color broadcast of the NFL was on the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia on Sept. 29, 1951.

color TV

Web Analytics