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This Day in Georgia History

April 04, 1974

Hank Aaron Tied Babe Ruth

Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron hit home run number 714 on opening day against Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, tying him with Babe Ruth for most career home runs. On his first at-bat of the 1974 season, with the count of 3 balls and 1 strike, Aaron hit a 3-run homer (though the Reds went on to defeat the Braves 7-6 in 11 innings). Concerned that Aaron might break Ruth’s record in Cincinnati rather than in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves considered benching Aaron for the remainder of the series. However baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered that Aaron had to play in at least two of the 3 remaining games in Cincinnati.

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