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This Day in Georgia History

February 05, 1934

Hank Aaron Born

To view an image of Hank Aaron, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Baseball great Hank Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama. He signed a contract with the Milwaukee Braves at age eighteen and was playing in the major leagues by age twenty. On April 23, 1954 Aaron hit the first of what would be a record setting number of home runs. By August 15, 1957 he had amassed one hundred homers; that same year he led Milwaukee to the World Series championship. His two-hundredth homer came July 3, 1960, then his three-hundredth April 19, 1963. The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, where Aaron collected home run number four hundred on April 20. His milestone five-hundredth homer came July 14, 1968. But Aaron was doing more than just hitting home runs, by May 17, 1970 he had collected his three thousandth base hit. But it was his chase of Babe Ruth’s home record that captivated the baseball world. The Braves won a division championship in 1969, but lost in the playoffs to the “Miracle Mets.” Meanwhile Aaron’s home run assault went on; number six hundred came April 27, 1971. On June 10, 1972 Aaron hit home run number 649, passing Willie Mays for second place on the all time list. Only Babe Ruth’s 714 was left to conquer. As the 1973 season neared it’s end, Aaron connected for number 713 on September 29. On opening day in 1974, Aaron hit the record tying round tripper. Then, in one of the most memorable moments in sports history, Hank Aaron broke the seemingly unbreakable record when he hit number 715 before a roaring Atlanta Stadium crowd on April 8, 1974 . In May of 1975, Aaron also surpassed Ruth’s RBI mark. He finished his career with 755 home runs and over 2200 RBIs. Aaron was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame on August 1, 1982. He currently works in the front office for the Atlanta Braves, has a street named in his honor adjacent to the Braves’ new stadium, and has received numerous other honors and recognitions.