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Aaron sets new home run record
- On April 8, in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers.
- A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a 4th inning pitch off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Al Downing.
- He was an African American who had received death threats and racist hate mail during his pursuit of one of the base balls most distinguished records, the achievement was bittersweet.