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On April 8th 1974, Henry ("Hank") Aaron broke Babe Ruth's major league baseball record, by hitting his 715th home run in a game at Atlanta stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

April 8, 1974: Mobile native Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run to break Babe Ruth's longstanding record. Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs, the best in Major League Baseball at that time.

April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career homerun, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935.

April 8, 1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs. We were there that night!!

On April 8th 1974, Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s Homerun record with his 715th career HR. In the months prior to this historical event, Hank received hate mail from many who didn’t want to see a black man break Ruth’s record. The threats extended to those who gave Aaron positive press coverage and they feared for Aaron’s life. Dodger Broadcaster Vin Scully addressed the racial tension in his call of the home run.