A Georgia man boasts a couple of unique souvenirs from his Forrest Gump-like visit to the field after Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974.
Charlie Russo was in the crowd filming that April night in 1974 when Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth for first place on the all-time home run list. About a minute later, he was on the field.
Try it today and you’d quickly be arrested but 33 years ago, a crazy young Braves fan was able to slip past disinterested security and join a legion of friends and family that greeted Aaron once he crossed home plate.
Russo has plenty of memories of that night, a couple of pieces of "creatively acquired" memorabilia and a photograph that appeared in Sports Illustrated. Watch as he and a friend talk about the adventure with our friends at WTOC TV.
And remember the two young fans who ran around the bases with Aaron that night? The ones Aaron swats away as he heads for third? Here’s the Sports Collector’s Daily version of "Where are They Now?"