Forty years. It’s been four decades — the amount of time the Children of Israel were wandering through the desert — sine Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. And there are more than a few fans who believe he still holds that record, Barry Bonds be damned.
As Aaron was approaching the sacred mark of 714, there was no shortage of books to mark the occasion. The same theme was repeated in the intervening years, especially as other anniversaries approached. Among them:
- I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story
- Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America
- Hank Aaron: One for the Record – The inside story of baseball’s greatest home run
- Hammering Hank: How the Media Made Henry Aaron
ESPN will air a “live-re-enactment” tonight at 7:15 before the Braves host the Mets. Wonder what that’s gonna be like.
In this piece, several ESPN/sports personalities recall “where they were” at the time of the historic event (is it really necessary to list their Twitter handles?). I remember seeing it at home and feeling sorry that it happened so early in the game. I know I didn’t watch the whole thing.
Here’s a timed quiz to see if you can name the top 10 all-time home run leaders. I got nine out of ten.