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This Day in Georgia History

April 29, 1966

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run in Atlanta

In the Braves’ first season in Atlanta, Hank Aaron hit his first home run in Atlanta in a game against the Houston Astros. This was Aaron’s 405th career home run. Over the next eight years, he would hit over 300 more home runs to become the Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king - a title he held until Aug. 7, 2007, when Barry Bonds broke Aaron’s record of 755 home runs. Bonds went on to hit 762 home runs, establishing the all-time home run record. However, allegations that Bonds used steroids during part of his career tarnished his claim to home run king, leading some to believe that the untarnished title belonged to Aaron.

To view an image of Hank Aaron hitting in the first Braves’ game in Atlanta, see the Digital Library of Georgia.