Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run to Pass Babe Ruth (April 8, 1974)
Vin was right (of course) — this was an absolutely marvelous moment! Hank Aaron broke the home run record of another baseball great and, as Vin said it, “At ten minutes after nine, in Atlanta, Georgia, Henry Aaron has eclipsed the mark set by Babe Ruth.”
Hitting his 715th home run, Aaron received a standing ovation from the crowd in Atlanta and after reaching home plate, was greeted by his parents. What a sweet moment in baseball to be able to share that with his family; you could just see the joy on everyone’s faces!
Seeing the other players’ reactions to Aaron hitting his record-breaking home run is heartwarming as well. Moments like these are bigger than what team you’re on or root for, and listening to Vin talk about it, you can hear his joy and happiness, which is why he was a legend outside of the Dodgers’ booth.
Aaron went on to hit 755 total home runs in his career and that record was held by him for an amazing 33 years. Arguably one of the best to ever play the game, it’s no surprise that he was able to accomplish this feat, and he’s likely thankful Scully was on the mic for the epic achievement.