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This Day in Georgia History

February 29, 1972

Hank Aaron Re-signed with Braves

After hitting .327 and a career-high 47 home runs in the 1971 season, outfielder Hank Aaron re-signed with the Atlanta Braves. At the time, Aaron had 639 home runs and was in sight of breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714. To make sure he broke that record as an Atlanta Brave, club officials offered Aaron a three-year, $600,000 contract, making him the first major league player to be paid $200,000 a season.

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