On April 8, 1974, Hammerin' Hank Aaron claimed the most famous Major League Baseball record when he slammed career home run number 715 to pass the legendary Babe Ruth. Aaron would finish his 23-year career with 755 career home runs, a hallowed record that would stand for 33 years.
Henry "Hank" Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama. As a young man, he would be inspired by a Jackie Robinson visit to Mobile, and he would practice relentlessly by swinging at bottle caps with homemade sticks. In 1951, Aaron began his professional career with the Negro League's Indianapolis Clowns and after quick success, he would sign with the Milwaukee Braves. Before Aaron earned a trip to the Big Leagues, he and two Jacksonville (Florida) Braves teammates would integrate the South Atlantic League in 1953.
Aaron made his Major League debut with the Braves in 1954, at age 20. In 1957, he won the Most Valuable Player Award of the National League, and he would crush a home run to clinch the National League pennant for the Braves, who would go on to defeat the New York Yankees in the 1957 World Series. Aaron batted .393 with three home runs and seven RBI in the series.
In 1966, at the height of the Civil Rights era, the Braves would relocate to its epicenter in Atlanta where Hank would eventually contribute his legendary achievement to the historical movement.
A 25-time All-Star selection, Hank Aaron was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.