Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20, 1976... The Final Home Run Has Landed.

On July 20th, 1976, at old County Stadium in Milwaukee, Henry Louis Aaron, playing in his final big league season for the Brewers, hit career home run number 755.

That home run, off California Angels pitcher Dick Drago, would be the last home run ever hit by the Hall of Fame slugger who began his big league career in the City of Milwaukee 22 years earlier.

As a kid learing about baseball's history, the numbers 755, 714, and 660 were sacred... Hank Aaron, 755... Babe Ruth,  714...and Willie Mays, 660... every kid new those three hallowed baseball numbers.

Many baseball fans, myself included, still think of Hank Aaron as the Home Run King of baseball. 

Hank Aaron smacked 13 homers as a rookie for the Braves in 1954, and 10 his final year in 1976.

In 23 big league seasons, '54-'76, Hank Aaron never hit fewer than those 10 homers in a single season.

Congratulations  Hank on the anniversary of your 755th big league home run, and on  your 23 year Hall of Fame career.

Play Ball!

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