» May 29, 1952:
Meanwhile, the Giants lose another young Birmingham player as Braves scout Dewey Griggs signs Henry Aaron to a contract. The Indianapolis Clowns receive telegram offers from both clubs, and Aaron, thinking he'll have a better chance to make the team, prefers the Braves.
» June 14, 1952:
Warren Spahn of the Braves ties the NL record of Jim Whitney with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in a 15-inning, 3-1 loss. Hal Jeffcoat's 2-run triple wins it,
while Spahn's HR is the only Boston score. Meanwhile, Braves scout Dewey Griggs signs Henry Aaron to a Braves contract.
» April 29, 1953:
Joe Adcock becomes the first ML player to homer
into the CF bleacher seats in the Polo Grounds, over
475 feet away. Luke Easter, in a 1948 Negro League
game, and Schoolboy Rowe, in batting practice before
a 1933 exhibition game, also accomplished the feat.
Lou Brock and Hank Aaron will match it is as well
in 1962. The Braves win the game 3-2 on a 9th-inning
wild pitch by Hoyt Wilhelm.
» March 13, 1954: Newly acquired Bobby Thomson of the Braves breaks his ankle sliding into 2B under Woodie Held in an exhibition game with the Yankees at Al Lang Field. The injury, a trimalleor fracture, will keep Thomson out of action until July 14th, but it will open the way for Henry Aaron to start in the left field. Ironically, Aaron will suffer a fracture in September.
» March 14, 1954: Henry Aaron
starts his first game with the Braves, getting three hits in a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox. One of the blows is a home run, off Ike Delock, that goes over a row of trailers along the outfield fence.
» April 13, 1954: Henry Aaron of the Braves makes his ML debut, going hitless in five trips to the plate in a 98 loss to the Redlegs. Cincy LF Jim Greengrass bangs four doubles to tie an opening day record. Andy Pafko takes a hit when he's beaned by Joe Nuxhall. Because of the extra seats set up to accommodate the overflow crowd, 12 of the 13 doubles hit in the game are of the ground rule variety. With the rule change, players take their mitts with them at the end of each inning, rather than leaving them on the playing field.
» April 15, 1954:
Vic Raschi makes his National League debut but the host Braves knock the Cardinal vet out of the game. Harvey Haddix, in relief, takes the loss, 76, with Warren Spahn the winner for the Braves. Hank Aaron has his first hit as he goes 2-for-5.
» April 23, 1954: At Sportsman's Park, Henry Aaron hits the first of his 755 ML home runs, a solo shot off Vic Raschi of St. Louis. The Braves win in 14 innings 75 on an error by Hemus. Card rookie Wally Moon is 5-for-5.
» April 25, 1954:
In a 12-inning, 76 loss to the Cardinals, Braves rookie Hank Aaron goes 5-for-6.
» September 5, 1954: Hank Aaron goes 4-for-4 in a 9-7 triumph over
the Cubs, but breaks his ankle in the 2nd game of
a doubleheader and is lost for the remainder of the
» May 26, 1956: Three Redlegs pitchers -- Johnny Klippstein, Hersh Freeman and Joe Black -- combine to no-hit the Braves for nine 2/3 innings. Klippstein walks eight in seven hitless innings before giving way to Freeman for one inning. Black walks two in his stint and finally gives up a 2-out double to Jack Dittmer in the 10th and two more hits in the 11th to lose, 21. Hank Aaron's triple and two intentional walks sets up a Frank Torre single. This is the 8th no-hitter to be lost in extra innings, and the only combined-effort one. Starter Ray Crone doesn't give up a run until two out in the 9th when Wally Post's RBI double in the 9th provides the Reds with their only run. Torre has two RBIs, including the winner.
» May 30, 1956: The wind is still blowing out at Wrigley as Braves Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Bobby Thomson hit consecutive first-inning home runs against the Cubs Russ Meyer. Meyer then hits the next batter, Billy Bruton, with a pitch, and when Bruton charges the mound, both he and Meyer are ejected in the ensuing fight. The Cubs plate three in the 1st and reliever Turk Lown homers in the 2nd for his first ML roundtripper. Thomson adds another home run, but the Braves lose the first game 109. They hold on to win the 2nd, 119. Fifteen home runs in the two games, including four by Thomson, sets a ML-record in a doubleheader. All but three of the homers are solo.
» July 15, 1956:
Hank Aaron of the Braves hits in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Pirates, the Braves winning 3-2 and 41. This is the start of a 25-game hit streak for Aaron, the longest of the season.
» May 26, 1957: At Wrigley Field, rookie Dick Drott, 20, of the Cubs strikes out 15 Braves, including Hank Aaron and Billy Bruton three times, en route to a 75 victory in game one. Drott's 15 K's is a Cubs 20th C. mark for nine innings (to be broken by Kerry Wood) and one shy of John Clarkson's 1886 club mark. His 15 wins this year are the most for a Cub rookie since Pat Malone won 18 in 1928. Chicago sweeps, winning the nitecap, 54.
» June 28, 1957: By stuffing the ballot box, Cincinnati fans elect 8 Redlegs as starters in the All-Star Game. Over protests
from Reds fans, Commissioner Ford Frick names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron to replace Reds Gus Bell, George Crowe, and Wally Post in the starting lineup. In the final vote tally, Musial is the only non-Redleg who would have started.
» August 24, 1957:
The Dodgers use eight pitchers in one game, tying the NL record, in a 13-7 loss to first-place Milwaukee. Johnny Podres leaves after giving up three HRs in the fourth. Hank Aaron hits the first grand slam of his career
» September 23, 1957:
The Milwaukee Braves clinch the pennant by beating
the Cardinals 4-2 on Hank Aaron's 11th-inning
» November 14, 1957: The AP names Henry Aaron as the 1957 National League MVP with 239 votes. Stan Musial is a close 2nd with 230, and Red Schoendienst is 3rd with 221.
» May 31, 1958: Braves Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Wes Covington homer in succession off Ron Kline of the Pirates in an 83 win. The same trio hit successive home runs on June 26th last year. Warren Spahn coasts to his 8th win.
» June 5, 1958: The Giants again top the Braves in extra innings, 54. In the 12th, Jim Finigan doubles after Mays singles, but Willie is thrown out at the plate by Hank Aaron. Orlando Cepeda, with three hits already, then hits a Gene Conley fastball for the game-winning home run. Cepeda also helps in the field, nabbing Wes Covington in the 9th with a hidden ball trick.
» May 26, 1959: In a singular performance, Harvey Haddix of the Pirates pitches a perfect game against Milwaukee for 12 innings, only to lose in the 13th. Felix Mantilla opens the last inning by reaching base on an error. A sacrifice and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron brings up Joe Adcock, who hits one out of the park in right-CF for an apparent 30 victory. Aaron pulls a "Merkle," leaving the field, and Adcock passes him on the basepaths. Both are called out as Mantilla scores. Lew Burdette goes all 13 innings for his 8th win, scattering 12 hits. As a consequence of the baserunning in the 13th, the Braves leave an National League-record one runner on base. Haddix's gem makes him the 9th pitcher to lose a no-hitter in extra innings; A combined effort of three Reds pitcher, on May 26, 1956, was the last. Making Haddix's effort even more remarkable is the fact that the Braves hitter knew what was coming. In 1993, Bob Buhl admitted that the Braves pitchers were stealing the signs from Smoky Burgess, who could not crouch down all the way. They would place a towel on the bullpen fence in such a way to signal fastball or breaking ball.
» May 27, 1959: League President Warren Giles rules that the final score of the Harvey Haddix perfect game should be amended to 10, since both runners Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock were ruled outAaron for leaving the field, and Adcock for passing him in the basepath. Adcock is credited with a double and not a home run.
» June 21, 1959: Milwaukee's Henry Aaron hits three 2-run home runs at Seals Stadium to power the Braves to a 133 win over the Giants. It's the only 3-homer game of Aaron's career.
» June 27, 1959: With the players voting, Henry Aaron gets a unanimous vote for the All-Star Game, making him the first player so selected.
» July 7, 1959: The National League defeats the American League 54 in the All-Star Game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Willie Mays knocks in Henry Aaron with the deciding run. Don Drysdale pitches perfect ball the first three innings.
» August 18, 1959: At Milwaukee, the Dodgers stake Don Drysdale to a 51 lead after five innings, but the Braves chip away and finally tie it with a run in the 9th. The Dodgers make it 65 in the 11th but Hank Aaron takes Drysdale deep to tie it up. Drysdale is finally relieved and LA wins it in the 13th, 76.
» April 28, 1961: Five days past his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn becomes the 2nd-oldest ML pitcher (after Cy Young) to hurl a no-hitter, blanking San Francisco 10. Hank Aaron drives in the only run off loser Sam Jones, who strikes out 10. It is Spahn's 290th win and 52nd shutout. Spahn faces just 27 men, following each walk by starting a DP.
» April 30, 1961:
Using Joey Amalfitano's bat, Willie Mays becomes the 9th player in ML history to enjoy a 4-HR game, and his eight RBI pace the Giants to a 144 win at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Led by Willie's 4, the Giants total a record tying eight homers (and 13 in two games) as Orlando Cepeda (2), Felipe Alou, and Jose Pagan also homer. Willie's 6th inning homer clears the LF bleachers at County Stadium. Hank Aaron collects a pair for the Braves for all the scoring. Billy Loes is the winning pitcher, and it marks the 4th time he has been in uniform at a game where a player has hit four homers: Loes was with the Dodgers in '50 and '54 when Gil Hodges and the Braves Joe Adcock connected, and with the Orioles in '59 when Rocky Colavito collected four.
» June 8, 1961: Milwaukee sets a major-league record with four consecutive home runs in the 7th inning against the Reds. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back home runs off Jim Maloney; Joe Adcock greets reliever Marshall Bridges with another home run, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these four teammates end their ML careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 homers. For all the bombardment, the Braves lose 108.
» June 18, 1961:
Milwaukee's Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas hit consecutive home runs in a 102 triumph at Los Angeles.
» July 18, 1961:
Henry Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Joe Torre of the Braves startle the Reds with a triple steal in the 6th inning. For Aaron, it is his first steal of home.
» August 4, 1961:
At Candlestick, Warren Spahn wins his 299th game, 21, over the Giants. He gets a bit of help from Hank Aaron who leads of the 7th and 9th with homers off Mike McCormick. The Giants scoring is an Orlando Cepeda homer in the 5th.
» June 12, 1962: The Braves beat the Dodgers, 152, as the Aaron brothers -- Hank Aaron and Tommie Aaron -- hit home runs in the same game for the first time. They'll do it twice more this year. Hank has three hits and drives in three runs before retiring in the 7th for a pinch-hitter, Lee May. May is the first of six hitters who will pinch for Aaron.
» June 18, 1962: Hank Aaron of the Braves reaches the left-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds with a long drive, the 2nd player to find the CF bleachers in two days and only the 3rd ever. The Braves win 71 over the Mets.
» June 20, 1962: The Braves sweep a pair from the Mets, winning 94 and 32 in six innings, with rain ending the game. In the nitecap, Willard Hunter tosses a 2-hitter for the Mets but, unfortunately, both hits are homers by Hank Aaron.
» July 11, 1962: For the first time since 1938, when the Waner brothers pulled the trick, brothers Hank Aaron and Tommie Aaron homer in the same inning. Both were hit in the last of the 9th, and Hank's grand slam provides the winning margin in a 86 Braves win over the Cards.
» August 26, 1962:
At Chicago, Dick Ellsworth stops the Braves 41 and stops Hank Aaron's hitting streak of 25 games. The Cubs tie a major-league record and set an National League mark with three straight sacrifice bunts in the 6th inning following a bunt single by Ellsworth. Hubbs lays down the first sac bunt, and is safe on a fielder's choice.
» September 2, 1962: Stan Musial's 3,516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb, but the Mets beat the Cards 43. Although The Man will continue on to 3,630 hits, he cannot overtake Cobb and, in time, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.
» September 18, 1962:
At LA, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to a 105 pounding of the Dodgers, and cutting the Dodger lead over the idle Giants to three 1/2 games. Hank Aaron hits his 40th homer and Tommie Aaron accounts for three RBIs with three hits.
» May 19, 1963:
The Cubs beat the Braves, 32, behind Dick Ellsworth. Hank Aaron's 2-run home run in the 8th breaks his shutout.
» June 8, 1965:
Joe Torre, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and Gene Oliver hit 10th-inning home runs, as the Braves win 82 at Chicago. It sets the major-league record for most home runs in an extra inning.
» July 20, 1965:
Seven is a lucky number for the Braves as they score seven runs in the 7th to beat the Mets, 71. Hank Aaron's 2-run homer, off Larry Miller, is the capper on the scoring.
» August 18, 1965: The Braves take first place when Tony Cloninger beats St. Louis, 53. Hank Aaron of the Braves hits a home run off Curt Simmons, but has it nullified when umpire Chris Pelekoudas says Aaron stepped out of the batter's box when he made contact.
» August 20, 1965: Eddie Mathews hits his 28th home run as the Braves win 43 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, 1954-65, becomes the top home run tandem in ML history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 home runs while playing together.
» April 20, 1966: Hank Aaron clouts homers 399 and 400 to lead the Braves to a victory, 81, over the Phillies. The first shot is off starter Ray Culp in the 1st inning, and number 400 comes in the 9th inning, off Bo Belinsky.
» May 10, 1967: In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron drives a ball to deep CF and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755.
» May 29, 1969: With the Braves drubbing the Mets 120, manager Lum Harris lifts Hank Aaron for another LumMike Lum. Lum hits a pinch double off Al Jackson and takes over in LF as the Braves coast to a 153 win. It is the 3rd time in his career that Aaron has been lifted for a pinch hitter.
» July 30, 1969:
Using five homers, the Braves thrash the Phils, 63, in game 1. Felipe Alou and Hank Aaron homer and Bob Tillman, hitting .187, hits three in a row. Aaron's blast is the 537th of his career and moves him past Mickey Mantle on the all-time list. The Phils win the nitecap, 43. Dick Allen homers in the 2nd inning and follows a Johnny Callison homer in the 8th with his 2nd shot of the game.
» August 24, 1969: At St. Louis, Hank Aaron belts a 14th inning 3-run homer to give the Braves a 41 win over the Cards. There are no stolen bases in the game, though Bob Didier and Tim McCarver throw out six would-be thieves between them.
» October 4, 1969: The first League Championship Series begin in Atlanta and Baltimore. New York survives home runs by Hank Aaron and Tony Gonzalez off Tom Seaver and scores five runs off Phil Niekro in the 8th to coast home 95. Paul Blair's 12th-inning squeeze bunt gives the Orioles a 43 win over Minnesota.
» October 5, 1969: New York beats Atlanta 116. Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell, and Cleon Jones hit home runs for the Mets; Hank Aaron, for the Braves.
» May 17, 1970: At Crosley Field, Hank Aaron collects his 3,000th hit, a first-inning infield single, and his 570th home run, off Wayne Granger, but the Reds beat Atlanta, 76 in 15 innings. Pete Rose's 9th inning homer knots the game at 33, and the Reds score another three in the 10th to tie the game at six apiece. The Reds score in the 10th on a double by Tony Perez and homers by Johnny Bench (who starts the game in CF) and Lee May. Don Gullett pitches the last two innings and drives in the winner with a single. Perez is 5-for-7 in the contest. Aaron is collared in game 1, a 51 Reds victory. The DH draws 33,217, the largest crowd at Crosley Field since 1947.
» June 30, 1970: A sellout crowd of 51,050 is on hand for the dedication of Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, rushed to completion so the Reds can host the All-Star game. There is no electricity in the refreshments areas, and the scoreboard occasionally misfires. but Hank Aaron doesn't misfire as he hits the park's first home run. The Braves win, 82.
» July 10, 1970:
Reds SS Woody Woodward goes deep for his first and only ML homer, off Ron Reed in Atlanta. It comes in his 684 ML game. It is too little as the Braves top the Reds, 119. The Reds take the nitecap, 31, scoring two runs when Pat Corrales hits a long drive that glances off the glove of Hank Aaron and over the fence for a home run. Pete Rose is 5-for-5, all singles.
» July 18, 1970: San Francisco's Willie Mays, at the age of 39, strokes a single off Montreal's Mike Wegener for his 3,000th hit. Mays' safety comes in his 2,639th game and he joins Hank Aaron, who stroked his 3,000th a month earlier. Aaron's was hit in his 2,460th game. The Giants coast to a 101 victory.
» July 20, 1970:
With the score tied 11 in the 9th, Chicago's Ken Holtzman walks Hank Aaron and Tommie Aaron homers for a 31 Braves victory.
» July 29, 1970:
Hank Aaron cracks two home runs and drives in five runs to lead the Braves to an 97 come-from-behind win over the visiting Cards. Hal King also homers to match three round trippers by St. Louis.
» April 27, 1971: Hank Aaron becomes the 3rd member of the 600-HR club, but one of the other two membersthe Giants Willie Mayshits a 10th-inning single to beat Aaron's Braves.
» July 13, 1971: In an All-Star Game featuring home runs by Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the American League triumphs at Detroit 64. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's home run goes 520 feet.
» February 29, 1972: Hank Aaron signs a record-breaking contract with the Braves, calling for $200,000 annually for three years.
» June 2, 1972:
In a face off at Shea between Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, both with 648 career homers, each come up hitless as the Braves beat the Mets, 61. Aaron, who hit his 648th on May 31, will collect his next home run June 10.
» June 10, 1972: Hank Aaron hits his 14th career grand slam, tying Gil Hodges's National League record, as the Braves defeat the Phillies 153. It is career home run 649 for Aaron, enabling him to pass Willie Mays for 2nd place on the all-time list.
» July 25, 1972: The National League wins the All-Star Game 43 at Atlanta behind hometown hero Hank Aaron's 2-run home run and Joe Morgan's 10th-inning RBI single. It is the 7th time the classic has gone into extra innings.
» August 6, 1972: Hank Aaron hits his 660th and 661st home runs for the Braves, the most ever hit by one player for the same franchise. Ruth had 659 with the Yankees, 49 with the Red Sox and six with the Braves. Hank's 2nd circuit blast comes in the 10th inning off Don Gullett to beat the Reds, 43. Phil Niekro evens his record at 1010. Phil will go 60 against the Reds this year.
» July 21, 1973: Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron hits a Ken Brett fastball into the left-CF stands for a 2-run home run during an 84 loss to the Phillies. It is career home run 700 for Aaron, only the 2nd player to reach that milestone.
» August 6, 1973:
In Milwaukee, an exhibition game between the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves draws 33,337. The Brewers win, 75 in the 4th and last exhibition between the two teams. But the big thrill is provided by Hank Aaron, who homers.
» September 10, 1973: Against the Giants, Hank Aaron connects for his 37th homer (career #710) in the 3rd inning, and then is lifted in the 4th when he doesn't feel well. Infielder Marty Perez pinch hits for Aaron. Davey Johnson adds his 40th homer of the year.
» March 11, 1974: With Hank Aaron needing only one home run to tie Babe Ruth's career record (714), Atlanta plans to save the event for a home audience by benching him on the road. Commissioner Kuhn plans otherwise, ordering the Braves to start Aaron in at least two of the team's three season-opening games in Cincinnati.
» April 4, 1974: At Riverfront Stadium, in his first swing of the season, Hank Aaron hits a 3-run home run off Jack Billingham as the Braves lose to the Reds 76 in 11 innings. It comes on a 31 pitch. It is home run 714 for Aaron to tie him with the Babe and Hank is greeted by Bowie Kuhn and Vice-president Gerald Ford. The Reds, trailing 62 in the 8th, get a 3-run homer from Tony Perez, tie in the 9th on an RBI-double from Rose, and win it in the 11th when Rose scampers home from 2B on a wild pitch by Buzz Capra.
» April 8, 1974: In the 4th inning, of the Braves home opener 74 win against the Dodgers, Henry Aaron parks an Al Downing pitch in the left-CF stands for career home run 715, breaking Ruth's once thought to be unapproachable record. With former teammate Eddie Mathews watching as Braves manager, that makes 1,227 home runs for just two players. After Downing walks the next two batters, Mike Marshall makes his first appearance as a Dodger, and the first of a record 106 appearances this year. As noted by Dave Smith, the Dodgers are wearing black arm bands this game (and for the next few) in memory of Ken McMullen's wife, who died just before the season started.
» May 30, 1974: Sadaharu Oh becomes the first player in Japanese baseball to hit 600 home runs. Only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays are ahead of Ohand he will surpass them all.
» June 13, 1974: Henry Aaron addresses the House of Representatives in a special Flag Day ceremony. In the chamber is Representative Wilmer Mizell of North Carolina, who, as a southpaw hurler for the Cardinals, served up home run #61 in 1956 and #161 in 1959.
» October 2, 1974:
During a 130 win over Reds, the Braves Hank Aaron homers off Rawly Eastwick. It is Aaron's 733rd career clout and comes in his last National League at bat.
» November 2, 1974: The Braves trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers for OF Dave May and a minor league pitcher to be named later. Aaron will finish his ML career in Milwaukee, where he started it in 1954. Meanwhile, Aaron, the home run king of American baseball, and Sadaharu Oh, his Japanese counterpart, square off for a home run contest at Korakuen Stadium. Aaron wins 109.
» April 8, 1975:
In a club house meeting, Boston captain Carl Yastrzemski criticizes his teammates for their poor attitude in spring training when they went 1020. In the game, the Sox bomb Jim Slaton for five runs in three innings and defeat Milwaukee, 52. Hank Aaron is hitless in his AL debut, while teammate Robin Yount homers. Tony Conigliaro is the Sox DH and is 1-for-4 in his Boston return.
» April 11, 1975: In Milwaukee, 48,160 fans brave 37 degree weather to welcome home Hank Aaron. Hank drives in a run and the Brewers whip the Indians, 62.
» April 27, 1975:
In the first of two games, Hank Aaron hits a left field double off Dick Tidrow of the Yankees, tying Babe Ruth's career RBI record (later revised) of 2,209. The Brewers win 7-0. Aaron has no ribbies in game 2, as the Yankees win 10-1.
» May 1, 1975: Hank Aaron goes 4-for-4, driving in two runs in the Brewers 173 win over Detroit. This brings his career RBI total to 2,211, breaking Babe Ruth's published record of 2,209. His third inning single off Vern Ruhle drives in Sixto Lezcano with his 2,210th RBI. On February 3, 1976, the Records Committee will revise Ruth's total to 2,204; so, in actuality, Aaron set the record on April 18, 1975.
» May 30, 1975: Willie McCovey's grand slam lifts the Padres over the Mets 62. It is McCovey's 3rd career pinch slam, tying the major-league record held by Ron Northey and Rich Reese. It is Stretch's 16th lifetime bases-loaded homer, tying the NL record held by Hank Aaron.
» May 31, 1975:
The Royals beat the Brewers 75 in a game bridging the generation gap. Home run leaders Henry Aaron and Harmon Killebrew are in their 22nd ML seasons and winning pitcher Lindy McDaniel is in his 21st. All three were playing in the majors before Brewers SS Robin Yount was born.
» June 1, 1975:
In the 2nd game of a Kansas City-Milwaukee twinbill, Johnny Briggs pinch hits for Hank Aaron. The Royals win, 115 after taking the opener, 136.
» June 6, 1975: California's Nolan Ryan's bid for a 2nd no-hitter in a row is foiled by Hank Aaron's single in the 6th inning. Ryan gives up one other hit in overpowering the Brewers 60.
» June 12, 1975: Milwaukee defeats Oakland 97 to move within four games of first. Oakland's Billy Williams's 400th career home run is matched by Hank Aaron's first home run in Milwaukee since 1965.
» July 8, 1975: The Royals jump on Milwaukee starter Bill Travers for five runs in a third of an inning and flatten the Brewers, 91. The Brewers lone run is George Scott's 16th homer of the year. Mike Hegan pinch hits for Hank Aaron, the 6th time in his career that's occurred. All the pinch hitters have been lefties.
» April 8, 1976: At County Stadium, the Brewers open against the Yankees with Hank Aaron driving in three runs to back Jim Slaton's 4-hit 50 win. Five days later, Slaton will shut out the Tigers. Catfish Hunter is the loser, allowing five runs in seven innings. Later, both he and reliever Sparky Lyle, complain about the flatness of the mound.
» June 18, 1976:
Henry Aaron hits his 750th career home run in the top of the 9th to give the Brewers a 32 win over Oakland. It is Aaron's 3rd home run in three games.
» July 11, 1976: Hank Aaron's 10th-inning homer, his 9th, in game two gives the Brewers a doubleheader sweep over the Texas Rangers and a sweep of the 4-game series. Milwaukee wins 63 and 54 with the W's going to Jim Slaton and Bill Castro,
» July 20, 1976: Hank Aaron hits the 755th, and last, home run of his career, connecting off Dick Drago of the California Angels. Jerry Augustine wins for the Brewers, 62.
» September 17, 1976: At Milwaukee's County Stadium, 40,383 fans are on hand to celebrate "Hank Aaron Day." Among those gathered are commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Jack Ford, representing his father Gerald. Hank goes hitless in five at-bats, and the first-place Yankees spoil the night by winning, 53, in 11 innings. Graig Nettles hits a solo homer in the 11th for the game winner, and an insurance run scores on a suicide bunt. Ed Figueroa tallies his 19th win, and the Yanks pad their lead to 11 games.
» October 3, 1976:
Hank Aaron singles in his last ML at bat and
drives in his 2,297th run as the 6th-place Brewers
lose to the Tigers 5-2.
» October 11, 1976:
In the last of the 8th, leading the Hanshin Tigers
4-1 with 2 out and a full count, Sadaharu Oh
socks his 715th HR to pass Babe Ruth's mark. He finishes
the season with 716 HRs and takes aim at Hank Aaron's
» July 19, 1977:
While pursuing Hank Aaron's home run record, Sadaharu Oh breaks one held by Babe Ruth when he draws his 2,057th base on balls.
» August 31, 1977: Hank Aaron's mark of 755 career home runs is tied by Sadaharu Oh.
» September 3, 1977: Sadaharu Oh hits the 756th home run of his career to surpass Hank Aaron's total and make him the most prolific home run hitter in professional baseball history.
» January 28, 1980: Henry Aaron refuses an award from Commissioner Bowie Kuhn honoring him for hitting his 715th home run. Aaron charges that baseball's treatment of retired black ballplayers falls far short of what is needed.
» May 25, 1981:
Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3,000th ML game, scoring the winning run in Boston's 87 triumph over Cleveland. Yaz joins Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3,000 games.
» January 13, 1982: Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Aaron falls nine votes shy of becoming the first-ever unanimous selection, and his 97.8 election percentage is 2nd only to Ty Cobb's 98.2 percent in the inaugural 1936 election.
» June 20, 1982: Phillies Pete Rose plays in his 3,000th ML game (a 31 loss to the Pirates), joining Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to reach that plateau.
» June 22, 1982: Pete Rose doubles off John Stuper in the 3rd inning of a 32 loss to the Cardinals for his 3,772nd career hit, moving him past Hank Aaron into 2nd place on baseball's all-time list.
» August 1, 1982: Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Travis Jackson, and Happy Chandler are inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
» November 17, 1982: Dale Murphy wins the National League MVP Award, becoming the first Brave to be so honored since Hank Aaron in 1957. The centerfielder hit .281 with 36 home run, 109 RBI, 113 runs, and 23 stolen bases.
» January 9, 1989: Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Bench was named on 96.4 percent of the ballots, the 3rd-highest figure in history behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.
» July 2, 1989: Brewers OF Robin Yount, 33, collects his 2,500th hit in a 102 win over the Yankees. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron, and Mel Ott are the only players to reach that milestone at a younger age.
» April 21, 1990: The Reds beat the Braves 81 to run their record to 9-0, the best start in club history. The lone Brave score is a home run by Dale Murphy, his 335th as an Atlanta Braves, passing Hank Aaron. The Reds will lose tomorrow to Atlanta, the team with the best (130 in 1982) start ever.
» August 29, 1993: KC's George Brett steals a base in the Royals' 5-4 win over the Red Sox, making him only the 3rd player in history with 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 200 SBs. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are the others to accomplish the feat.
» February 8, 1996: Dave Winfield announces his retirement after 23 seasons. The 12-time All Star joins Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial as the only players with 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.
» May 21, 1996: At Fenway Park, Seattle pounds out 19 hits to beat Boston, 137. Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the 7th-youngest player to collect 200th homers, when he connects in the M's 6-run 4th inning: Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron were all younger. Jay Buhner hits a 2-run shot in the inning, the 5th game in a row he's connected, and Edgar Martinez adds four hits in the game.
» September 6, 1996: The O's Eddie Murray hits his 500th career home run, and his 21st of the year, off Felipe Lira of the Tigers in Detroit's 5-4, 12-inning win. He becomes the 15th player to reach the magic number. He also becomes just the 3rd player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, joining Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.
» September 16, 1996:
Steve Finley's lead off home run in the 11th gives the Padres a 21 over the host Giants. SF's only run is Barry Bonds 40th, and he joins Hank Aaron and Jose Canseco as the only players with 40 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season.
» May 13, 1997: Eddie Murray gets two hits in Anaheim's 8-7 win over the White Sox. The game is the 3,000th of Murray's career, making him only the 6th player in history to reach that mark. Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial are the others.
» July 8, 1997: The American League defeats the National by a score of 3-1 in the annual All-Star Game, played in Cleveland. Indians' C Sandy Alomar hits a 2-run home run and is named the game's Most Valuable Player. Alomar is the 1st hometown player to homer since Hank Aaron in Atlanta in 1972.
» August 31, 1998: Oakland OF Rickey Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics' 156 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.
» April 5, 1999:
The Giants defeat the Reds, 118, on 3B Charlie Hayes' goahead 3run home run in the 8th inning. Hayes replaced starter Bill Mueller, who broke his toe after being hit by a Brett Tomko pitch as the second batter up in the game. SF OF Bobby Bonds sets an National League record by receiving his 290th intentional walk in the 4th inning. The old record was held by Hank Aaron.
» July 15, 1999: The Athletics defeat the Giants, 11-9, in a game in which San Francisco OF Barry Bonds sets an all-time major league record by receiving his 294th intentional walk. Henry Aaron held the previous mark.
» May 8, 2001:
The Devil Rays edge the Orioles, 4-3, as Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff joins Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Eddie Murray, and Reggie Jackson as the only players to homer off 300 different pitchers in their career. McGriff's solo in the 8th snaps a 33 tie.
» August 30, 2001: 3B Bill Mueller's walkoff home run gives the Cubs a 54 victory over the Marlins. 1B Fred McGriff hits a 3run home run as he reaches 80 RBIs for the 14th straight season, becoming only the 2nd player in ML history to do so. Hank Aaron holds the record with 17 straight years.
» August 9, 2002: Barry Bonds hits the 600th home run of his career, but the Giants still fall to the Pirates by a score of 43. Bonds joins Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays (his godfather) in the exclusive club.