It was 84 years ago today that Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years (some still consider him the “true”…
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year as a result of tampering charges in the Gary Matthews free-agency signing. (Matthews is pictured below from his days with the Phillies.) The Braves are permitted to keep the outfielder, however.
A disappointed crowd of 45,922 at Milwaukee’s County Stadium sees the Dodgers take take both ends of a doubleheader from the Braves, 12-4, and 11-4. In game one, the Dodgers break a tie with a record eight runs in the eleventh inning. Even so, the Braves establish a new National League attendance mark of 1,841,666 on their way to a…
Eddie Mathews hits his 28th home run of the season as the Braves win 4-3 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, during the years of 1954-1965, becomes the top home run tandem in major league history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 home runs while playing together with the New York Yankees.
Eddie Mathews, while in his brief stint with the Houston Astros, hit his career 500th home run off San Francisco’s Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park. Houston beat the Giants 8-6. Mathews retired after the 1968 season with 512 career homers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.