A big part of my childhood.
Sad. R.I.P. Hammer. 😔
Tom Seaver - August. Joe Morgan, Whitey Ford - Oct. Phil Niekro - December. Tommy Lasorda, Don Sutton, and Hank Aaron - the past month.
Been a tough stretch for MLB...
Another icon of my youth has passed. RIP Hammerin' Hank.
RIP Hank. What a class person and probably one of the very few athletes that truthfully qualify as being a 'hero'.
Still remember 714 being hit at Riverfront off Jack Billingham to tie Ruth. And who can forget the scene in Atlanta when he hit 715. Great ball player and man!
Natpharm I believe it was a 3-2 pitch off Al Downing for #715 if the memory of a 12 year old is intact.
Imagine his courage and willpower to do what he did with racism and death threats swirling around him. Amazing.
Yes, #24 Al Downing of the Dodgers. A former Yankee pitcher.
RIP....! Not only was he a great ballplayer, but he seemed like a really good man. I remember watching him
breaking the Babe's HR record.....we even allowed our (then) 10 year old son to stay up to watch.
Eguller Nobody should have to endure that!
Right. But he did it with class & integrity that seems a rarity now.
My wife and I drove over to KC to catch Hank play for the Brewers as his career was winding down. The eardrum-shattering ovations he received when he stepped to the plate was awesome and brought tears to his eyes (too). He was a humble man that always carried himself with class.
One of my childhood favorites which is strange because I never really got to see him play as I was in a American League town. Only saw him in the All Star game and the few times the Braves made the playoffs.
Oh man. Class act. 🙁
Regret that I didn't see him play more when I was young. Found this golf quote when I looked him up.
"It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."
When asked the difference between him and Willie Mays Hank said "My hat seems to fit better". Classic.
"Wrists." They were quick. What a great ball player and man. RIP.
FauxAmish Yes, #24 Al Downing of the Dodgers. A former Yankee pitcher.
Also a pitcher for the Louisville Colonels I think.
A little known (or at least mentioned) fact - Al Downing was the only player in uniform both when Maris beat Ruth's season HR record and when Aaron broke his total HR record. One of my favorite trivia questions... carry on.