Aaron Hits 715th

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Aaron Hits 715th - Aaron Hits 715th By DAVID MOHKIT ATLANTA (UPI)...
Aaron Hits 715th By DAVID MOHKIT ATLANTA (UPI) - The Great Chase is over for Hank Aaron. Aaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's once seemingly unbeata ble career home run record, a pursuit that took 20 years and nearly 3,000 major league baseball games, ended Monday night when "The Hammer" hit his 71Sth. It happened at 9:07 p.m., in the fourth inning of the Atlanta Braves' 74 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Teammate Darrell Evans was on first and Dodger pitcher * * * * At Downing, a cunning left- hander who had walked the 40- year-old Braves outfielder in the second inning, tried to sneak a fast ball past Aaron on a 1-0 pitch. "It was right down the middle," moaned Downing. "I was trying to get it down to him --but I didn't." Knew it was Gone "Yeah," grinned Aaron. "He iust hung it a little too much. I didn't think I hit it all that ;ood, especially into that wind. Jut I knew it was going out." "That . took a tremendous weight off my back, I'm glad * * * * it's over," said Aaron who has been subjected to a tremendous barrage of publicity, some of it critical, since it became apparent apparent a year ago that he was making a run at a record Ruth set without much fanfare 39 years ago. But Hank Aaron doesn't plan to rest on his laurels. The Braves' aging outfielder immediately immediately set a new goal for himself --getting the 120 more base hits he needs to eclipse Stan Musial's National League record of 3,630. Aaron, who already held 19 league records going into his * * * * 21st season in the majors, yet another in the second Monday night when he from first base on Dusty Baker's double and a Bill Buckner error. That was his 2,063rd breaking a tie with Willie Mays for the National League record. One Behind Hank Aaron hit 40 home last season, most ever by year-old player, and was one behind Babe Ruth when this season began. It was obvious that it wouldn't take him very long

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  1. The Raleigh Register,
  2. 09 Apr 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 14

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