This Day in Black History: Aug. 6, 1972

American baseball player Hank Aaron waits for the pitch in an empty stadium. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Aug. 6, 1972

On Aug. 6, 1972, Hank Aaron made history by hitting his 660th and 661st home run for the Atlanta Braves.

Published August 6, 2013

On Aug. 6, 1962, Hank Aaron, the celebrated baseball giant, achieved one of many milestones of his career when he hit his 660th and 661st career home runs to break Babe Ruth's record for most home runs with one club. The 661st came in the 10th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds. 

Aaron was a Major League Baseball right fielder who played professionally from 1954 until 1976. He spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves. He was ranked fifth on the list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players by The Sporting News. Aaron held the baseball record for career home runs for 33 years and still holds many league records. 

He was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1934, and he had seven siblings. One of them, Tommie Aaron, also went on to play Major League Baseball. By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings (768). They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates.

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(Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Written by Jonathan P. Hicks


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