Retired professional baseball player Hank Aaron hit his 714th career home-run on this day in 1973, tying Babe Ruth's long-standing home-run record. Four days later on April 8, Aaron surpassed Ruth’s record, scoring one more home run while playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Aaron would play three more seasons, bringing his total home run tally to 755 before retiring in 1976. Widely considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Aaron was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Game in 1982 and was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom two decades later by U.S. President George W. Bush.
“I never wanted them to forget Babe Ruth — I just wanted them to remember Henry Aaron." —