Just finished making over 200 prints from the #LBJevent with Henry Aaron! This was my favorite photo from the event. Mr. Aaron stood up and waved to the audience at the end of the program. Behind him, a photo was projected from the moment he broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record in 1974.
“The last year before I broke the record… I don’t talk about that much, because it bothers me,” Aaron said during the program. “I just felt like the whole system was backwards, and it wasn’t because of me breaking the record. It was because of the color my skin.” Aaron had received death threats and hate mail in the 1973-1974 offseason, but returned to Atlanta with the @Braves on April 8, 1974 to a crowd of over 50,000 people. It was the fourth inning, and #HammerinHank stepped up to the plate against LA @Dodgers pitcher Al Downing. The audio playing is #Braves announcer Milo Hamilton calling the game as Aaron broke the record and hit 715 home runs.
#baseball #HankAaron #LBJLibrary #civilrights #AtlantaBraves #Braves #Dodgers #baseballlegend #homerun #sportshistory (at LBJ Presidential Library)