Sunday marked the 38th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs. If you are old enough to remember, you remember what a big deal it was–even in the era before the internet, Sportscenter and sports radio talk shows.
What Aaron went through during what was a far, far different era was remarkable.
Topps captured the celebration even before it happened. When collectors opened early packs of 1974 Topps, they found the #1 card had already anointed Hammerin’ Hank as the “All-Time Home Run King”. It was a small gamble, but he needed only one to tie and it was a foregone conclusion that unless he got hit by a bus, he was going to own the new record (another Topps gamble that same year, didn’t quite happen when the company moved the San Diego Padres to Washington. They wound up staying put despite strong efforts to the contrary).
Talking Chop, the Braves’ blog, takes us back in time to April of ’74 for the memories–and the Aaron cards past, present and future.