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

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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.

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Apr. 22, 1970 - Tom Seaver strikes out 19 including MLB record 10 batters in a row

Tom Seaver of the New York Mets set a major league record by striking out the final 10 batters of the game in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium. Al Ferrara, who had homered in the second inning for the Padres’ run, was the final strikeout victim of the game. In addition to his 10 consecutive strikeouts, Seaver tied Steve Carlton's major league record with 19 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The record was later eclipsed by 20-strikeout games by Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, and twice by Roger Clemens.

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"Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead." - Jackie Robinson

Full house.

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.

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"Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts." - Tommy Lasorda

Safe.

"One of the trademarks of a champion is that he can outlast you." - Lou Brock

Push it to the limit.

"You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra

Words of the wise.

The players make the manager, it’s never the other way.” - Sparky Anderson

A friendly reminder.

#MotivationalMondays

'You push it a little bit further and say “Let's see what happens.” Normally when you say let's see what happens, something good would happen. That's when I associated, when you felt the worst, I always associated that good things were on the horizon. By and large they happen that way.’

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Mar. 15, 1912 - Cy Young announced his retirement from professional baseball after 22 seasons

Cy Young finished his career with 511 wins, a 2.63 ERA and 2803 strikeouts. During his career he had 5 seasons with 30 or more wins and 15 seasons with 20 or more wins. His 511 wins is by far the most career wins by anyone in MLB history as Walter Johnson finished second with 417. In addition to wins, Young still holds the major league records for most career innings pitched (7,355), most career games started (815), and most complete games (749). He also retired with 316 losses, the most in MLB history. In addition, Young pitched three no-hitters, including the third perfect game in baseball history, first in baseball’s “modern era”. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. Cy Young died in 1955 and the following year MLB created the Cy Young Award given to the best pitcher in baseball that year.

#ThrowbackThursdays

Although it’s an unofficial stat, Jackie Robinson stole home 19 times, which ranks first among players who debuted after 1920 and places him among the all-time leaders.

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"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time." - Don Zimmer

Hustle hard in any hustle that you pick.

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

Timing is everything.

"Success isn’t something that just happens. Success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared." - Sparky Anderson

The thing about success…

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.

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