On April 23, 1954, Hank Aaron hit the first home run of his Major League Baseball career. On April 8, 1974, Aaron hit career home run number 715 off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth’s long-standing record of 714
Description: Milwaukee Braves outfielder and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in a 1960 issue of Baseball Digest. Date: December 1960. Source Baseball Digest, page 19, December 1960 issue. Author: unknown
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully addressed the racial tension — or apparent lack thereof — in his call of the home run:
"What a marvelous moment for baseball; what a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia; what a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron. … And for the first time in a long time, that poker face in Aaron shows the tremendous strain and relief of what it must have been like to live with for the past several months."
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