Bill Goff Inc. and Dugout Memories Inc.
by Bill Purdom
Itís April 8, 1974, at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, and Hammeriní Hank Aaron has just launched a pitch from Los Angelesí Al Downing toward the left field wall. The long wait is over. With career clout number 715, Aaron passes Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list. Aaron had cracked his 713th homer on the second-to-last day of the '73 season, creating a winter-long buildup for this historic moment. He set the stage by tying Ruthís record of 714 in Cincinnati, on Opening Day of the '74 season. Then, four days later and in front of a hometown crowd of 53,775 and an estimated 35 million television viewers, the Bravesí slugger delivered the record-breaker. Aaron had walked in his first at-bat of the game, drawing an explosion of boos. But in the fourth inning, with Darrell Evans on first, Aaron took a 1-0 pitch out of the yard. The Braves erased a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the inning and went on to a 7-4 victory. Other players visible are C Joe Ferguson, 3B Ron Cey, SS Bill Russell and LF Bill Buckner.
Lithograph print measures 21 5/8" x 29 5/8"
Limited edition of #600
Signed and numbered by the artist
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