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Hank Aaron And President Gerald Ford, When Sports Records And History Met

January 22, 2021

Henry “Hank” Aaron, the Hall of Fame slugger whose 755 career home runs long stood as baseball’s golden mark, has died. He was 86.

One of the sport’s great stars despite playing for the small-market Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves throughout a major league career that spanned from 1954 to 1976, Aaron still holds major league records for RBIs (2,297), total bases (6,856) and extra-base hits (1,477). But it was Hammerin’ Hank’s home run swing for which he was best known.

And that brings all this to a post on Caffeinated Politics.

At the time Vice President Ford attended the game where Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s home run record on 4/4/74, calling it “one of the greatest thrills of my sports’ fan days!” Ford sent this congratulatory letter after Aaron hit his 715th homer later that week.

What a day it must have been for both Aaron and Ford when in 1976 they were together at the MLB All-Star Game in Philadelphia. A week later Aaron would hit his 755th and final home run of his career on 7/20/1976. Pictured are Hank Aaron, President Ford, and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn at the All-Star Game, 7/13/1976.

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