Hammer Hank Aaron
blasting homeruns everywhere
heroes of baseball
The day was April 8, 1974 and Hank Aaron was about to break Babe Ruth’s-The Sultan of Swats homerun record. The crowd was ready for the moment. But let’s wait a minute and go back in time. During the offseason, Hammer Hank Aaron received numerous death threats. Many racist people did not want to see a black man break the Major League Baseball homerun record. Henry Hank Aaron was just happy to make it through the off-season. There were times when he believed he would not live to see 1974.
But here he was in Atlanta ready to break the record. Hank Aaron had already tied Babe Ruth’s record of 714 homeruns off the Reds in the first series of the 1974 baseball season. Hank Aaron wanted to break the homerun record in Atlanta. On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron would get his chance. 53,775 showed up for the game. Many of the fans were excited to see history, others were still angry that a black man was going to break the homerun record. Hammer Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate in the fourth inning against LA Dodger pitcher, Al Downing. The pitch was thrown and crack, Hank Aaron hammered his 715th homerun at home in Atlanta. A black man survives the threats of many and becomes another hero of baseball.