Why isn’t Major League Baseball saying more about the upcoming 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run, the one that broke Babe Ruth’s record? For “Hammerin’ Hank,” his pursuit of the Babe’s record can be described in one simple word — “hell.” During his pursuit of the record, Aaron received death threats and racist hate mail. He needed constant police protection. The FBI got involved. Finally, on Monday April 8, 1974 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium before a national TV audience, Aaron’s ordeal came to an end. He hit #715 off LA Dodgers’ lefty Al Downing. I, for one, still consider Hank to be the greatest home run hitter of all-time. Not the juiced-up Barry Bonds.


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