It's Jackie Robinson Day, a day when baseball takes a moment to recognize the man who broke the sport's color barrier, and the Braves continue to sift through hundreds of letters, many of them littered with racial slurs, bashing Hank Aaron.
On Tuesday, the Braves celebrated the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th career home run, and the mindless debate over who is baseball's "true home run king" sprang idiotically to life. Barry Bonds "has more home runs," Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci wrote, "but true greatness and authenticity belong to Hank…
Forty years ago today, Hank Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, surpassing Babe Ruth's mark of 714 and setting the all-time career home run record. Even with Barry Bonds having long since surpassed the record, this is one of the great moments in American sports history, more than worth marking out with special…
Grant Wahl noticed today that the New York Times found no nonfiction sports titles among its 100 notable books of the year ... for the third straight year.
Hank Aaron put up so many outrageous numbers over the course of his career that it makes 715 feel almost like an afterthought.
Fortunately for Hank Aaron, he and his wife were away when the burglary happened last weekend, and lost just "jewelry and two BMWs." (Both cars have since been recovered. Unfortunately for us, Aaron was not home to meet two burglars with a bat.) h/t to William [AJC]
Historian Michael Beschloss dug this up yesterday, and it's absolutely worth sharing—and not just because today is the anniversary of Ruth's home run record being surpassed by Hank Aaron.
Over at Hardball Talk, Craig Calcaterra dug up a gem from the archives. Back in 1983, Bowie Kuhn announced his resignation as commissioner. The very first person to publicly throw their hat in the ring for the job was Hank Aaron, then in the Braves' front office.
Sorry, Bud Selig: "If you did that, you'd have to go back and change all kinds of records, and the [home run] record was very important to me," Aaron said. "It's probably the most hallowed record out there, as far as I'm concerned, but it's now in the hands of somebody else. It belongs to Barry. No matter how we look…
By now, we've all pretty much made our peace with it, though there was a little part of us today that wanted to not mention Barry Bonds until about 4 p.m., and then throw up a "holy crap, did you guys see what happened last night? We just noticed" post. We felt that would be too gimmicky, though no less gimmicky that…
After a few months of grumbling from Barry Bonds about the fact that he hadn't been contacted by the current home run champ, Hank Aaron finally spoke up yesterday and made it clear that he has no intention of helping Bonds out or showing up when/if he breaks the record.
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