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.
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.