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The boyhood home of “Hammering” Hank Aaron is in a place of honor next to the stadium that bears his name. His home is also a museum that chronicles his life and career. Aaron was held in high regard by all those who played ball with him. At the museum’s opening there was a long list of VIP guests including Willie Mays, Bob Feller, Rickey Henderson, Bruce Sutter, Reggie Jackson and Ozzie Smith. Aaron is quoted as saying, “I have had great things happen to me, but today is the greatest day I have ever had in my entire life." The seven-room museum showcases the inspiring life and historic baseball career of Hank Aaron.
Aaron is best remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 homeruns with his 715th on April 8, 1974. Not all the stories are so wonderful. When it was obvious that Babe Ruth’s record was about to be broken Aaron received many death threats and hate mail because some people did not want to see a black man break Ruth’s record.
Aaron played 23 years as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. His record of 755 career home runs was the most of any other baseball player and a record that stood for more than two decades until it was broken by Barry Bonds. After Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th home run on August 7, 2007, Aaron made a surprise appearance on the huge video screen at the ball park in San Francisco to congratulate Bonds on his accomplishment.