On April 8, 1974, a quiet man from Mobile, AL hit his 715th home run over Fulton County Stadium’s outfield wall and into the bullpen to break Babe Ruth’s long-standing home run record. Now 40 years later, the Atlanta Braves will celebrate that historic event by wearing a a 40th anniversary Hank Aaron 715th home run patch on their right sleeve during the 2014 season.
The patch, in the shape of home plate, has a navy background with the number 715 in red, Hank Aaron’s autograph across the numbers, a “40th Anniversary” banner across the top and the feather that was featured on both uniform sleeves is featured at the bottom of the patch.
“We are delighted to honor Hank and recognize this momentous occasion,” said Braves President John Schuerholz. “It was such an enormous milestone for him, for our team and for Major League Baseball, and we believe it deserves a season-long celebration.”
The Braves also wore patches in 1999 during the 25th anniversary of the home run. They can be found here for around $10-15.
The Braves will host the New York Mets for their home opener on April 8, the 40th anniversary of Aaron’s blast and the pre-game ceremony will honor the anniversary of the home run.