Thursday, April 9, 2009


Thirty-five years ago, yesterday, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record. I read an incredible story about the death threats he received as he approached the record and how Atlanta reporters had obituaries prepared for him as the 1974 season opened. Hank did it without steroids and had the quickest wrists in baseball. Great nicknames, "Hammerin' Hank, Oh Henry."


goldenlegend said...

Hank Aaron had the most beautiful swing of any player I have ever seen. Supurb timing, combined with a whip of the wrists made his swing look effortless. The other characteristic I found intriguing was his time in the batters box --- no girating or weird motions, just perfect calm in a balanced stance, then "swish".

Bill S.
The Golden Age of Baseball Cards

David Hagen said...

I remember the commentators saying he swung off his front foot too.