Unless you've been living under a rock, surely you know today is the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run. Aaron, still called the"True Home Run King" by the Braves and I'm sure many others, passed Babe Ruth's record in fashion on April 8, 1974. Let's relive it, shall we:
The Braves will be honoring this historic anniversary with a pregame ceremony (and stern instructions to be in your seats by 6:15 for it) and a giveaway of this pretty great poster for the first 45,000 fans.
The most touching thing I've found about the anniversary is Joe Samuel Starne's tribute to the anniversary at The Bitter Southerner. Just a preview:
When baseball season opened in 1974, my grandfather and I were ecstatic about Aaron’s home run chase. We were not alone. Everyone in my second grade class was talking about Hank. I can still hear my friend John Kelley saying, "He’s gonna get it tonight!" My grandfather had given me a poster for documenting Aaron's home runs that must have come with the newspaper. It included a section to write down when and where he hit each home run and the name of the pitcher. The poster carried over from the previous season because Hank ended 1973 one home run from tying Ruth. I kept it as accurately as a 7-year-old could.
The whole thing is wonderfully well-written, so as you pass the time before the Braves' home opener, get a little misty-eyed like I did (or at least, I hope it's not just me) and enjoy the read.