Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 45
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 45

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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Sunder £ Ordeal 7 Goes On and On By Dave Anderson {Q New York · NEW YORK-Henry Aaron looked up as Norm Miiler, one of his Atlanta Braves' teammates, approached holding a baseball browned by age. "Not another Babe Ruth ball." said the man who has surpassed Babe Ruth's home run record. "Where do people get them all?" . -With a quick smile, Henry Aaron added his autograph to the ball that Babe Ruth had signed decades ago. Moments later he was signing a color photo of him crossing the plate after a home run, then 6e signej a few more baseballs, i n c l u d i n g another '.'Babe Ruth Ball" owned by Bill Grieve, once an American League umpire, now white- baired and retired. Between autographs. Henry Aaron was getting into his w o r k i n g clothes at Shea Stadium before a game there with the N«w York Mets but for Henry Aaron, it's as if he lives now On float in a parade that nev- ec stops. He would sign about two dozen baseballs and a dozen souvenior photos, chat with two snydicated columnists, talk into four tape-recorder hlicrophones, including one foil "Voice of America," and agree to appear on a post- game TV show before he sCrolled out to take batting practice. Even there he would be interupted by Ed Mathews, Braves' manager, with an- otrjer baseball to be autographed. .-'!The drama of the thing hasn't quit yet," he was saying now at his locker. "1 thought that once I hit 715, it would be over." - [IN A WAY, it has just begun. In his travels throughout tb.National League, he is continually celebrated in ceremonies. !lt's nice," he said. "That tiirng here at City Hall and wjth the motorcade through ftajlem. That was really nice." 1 -Eor the first time, Henry Aaron met Mrs. Claire Ruth, the Babe's widow, who was at the City Hall ceremony along with Mr. Lou Gehrig. '. -"She said, 'Hello, it's nice to meet you,' she was nice," Ihe 40-year-old outfielder said. ''I-got it mixed up at first. I thought I was talking to Mrs. . Ruth but I was really talking to Mrs. Gehrig but then I got it Straightened out. Mrs. Ruth aSked if I got the telegram she $eiit me when I hit 715, and I told Her I had. That was some- Ihihg, a little country kid from Mobile at City Hall where so many great. Americans have been honored; But that thing at City Hall was so great be- ."caiise so many black kids got a* chance to see the baseball arid the bat that I hit 715 with. ·They'd never get a chance otherwise because the baseball and the bat will be mostly at big business conventions and then it will go to Cooperstown and those kids might never [see it. I enjoyed tht especially going through Harlem with Ihe kids because it reminded tne of when I was a little kid in Mobile and there was a thing tike that for Jackie Robinson ·pit Davis Avenue there. I spoke to the kids just like he did in Mobile when I was one pf-;the kids." · ;But the price of fame often 3s-privacy. When the Braves travel, he is secluded in a ho- M room registered under a different name. -;'!'But the kids always find me," he said. "And once they Jbj the club has to put a secu- jity guard outside the room. ·It's not that you don't want to sign autographs but you do want some privacy. It's a very lonelv life. On the road I take AP Wirephoto HANK AARON PURSUED BY FANS AT AIRPORT He Uses Assumed Name on the Road most of my meals in my hotel room. Once in a while Paul Casnaova and I will sneak out to a little Chinese restaurant but I never eat in the hotel dining room or big restaurants. I can't sit around the hotel lobby anymore." * * * HIS PROBLEM with privacy is a factor in his plans to retire as a player after the current season. "I'm not sure yet if I'll play anymore but I don't think so," he said. "I'm at the point where baseball is no fun anymore. Baseball is a job." It's a job being Henry Aaron, as he discovered one day during spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla. "I had this business deal to sign 15,000 pictures," he recalled. "But the guy showed up one day with a truckload of pictures, all 15,000 of them and he expected me to sign them all that day. I don't get bugged too often but that bugged me. You ever sit down and sign your name over and over? You get tired. I signed 'em, all 15,000, but it took me four, five days. He wanted me to do it in one day." But today he had no appear- Women's Dash Mark ances scheduled except as a cleanup hitter against the Mets.. "I got up at 11, sat around the room, had breakfast, watched TV and came t the ballpark," he said. "We play in Cincinnati this week. As far as I know, I don't have to go anywhere except the ballpark but I have a lot of surprises sprung on me." "With a total of 724 home runs, 12 this season, he now has no obvious goals except one. "I've got an outside chance to catch Stan Musial," He said. "For the most hits in the National League." "I thought it was total bases," somebody said. 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