Sept. 2, 1965 - Ernie Banks hit his 400th career home run

Ernie Banks promptly blasted the ball into the bleachers at Wrigley Field like he had so many times before. The three-run home off Curt Simmons was No. 400 for Banks, making him only the 11th player to join that club at the time – and only the second African American to do so, along with “The Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays. Banks will end the season with 28 HRs and 106 RBI.

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.

Oct. 23, 1993 - Joe Carter’s homerun wins the World Series for the Blue Jays

Joe Carter of the Blue Jays hit a game-winning, three-run homer off Mitch Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies, giving Toronto an 8-6 victory in Game 6 of the World Series and a second straight world championship.

Carter became only the second player to end the World Series with a homerun. The first was in 1960, when Bill Mazeroski’s leadoff homer in bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees.

“I actually dreamed of that moment many times,” Carter says today. “I dreamed of that moment when I was a little kid. I’d be sitting at my father’s garage and daydreaming about that moment. I even wrote it down a few times: ‘My dream is to hit a home run to win the World Series.’”

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