Wednesday, April 4, 2012
This Day in Sports History - 4/4/1974
On Opening Day at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth as the All-Time Home Run leader with his 714th career HR. The historic blast comes off Jack Billingham on Aaron's first swing of the season, a 3-1 pitch with two runners on base in the first inning. Aaron is presented with the ball by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Vice President Gerald Ford in a ceremony at home plate. He'll break the record four days from now, on April 8, in Atlanta's first home game of the season. Aaron finishes his career with 755 HRs and holds the record until he's passed by Barry Bonds in 2007.