Remembering No. 715


Do you remember where you were on April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron hit No. 715? A few ESPN writers and analysts shared their memories of the moment 40 years ago when Aaron passed Babe Ruth to become the all-time home run king. You can share your story using the Twitter hashtag #Aaron715.

Jim Bowden


I was 12 years old living in Weston, Mass. I was in my basement watching it on a Zenith 19-inch color TV set all by myself. The thrill of watching reliever Tom House catch the home run ball in the bullpen and the goose bumps watching history take place were amazing. I especially enjoyed the fact that second baseman Davey Lopes, shortstop Bill Russell and third baseman Ron Cey physically congratulated Aaron with handshakes or back pats. That home run was one of my favorite memories of my pre-teenage years.

Jim Caple


I was at Little League practice. I'm not sure who told us -- someone must have heard it on the radio -- but we found out during practice, and I recall being very excited. After practice we could go home and watch it on TV because the game was tape-delayed on the West Coast.

Jerry Crasnick


I was 15 years old, and I watched it from the living room of our house on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine. Everyone was a Red Sox fan where I grew up, but the moment transcended team allegiances or even baseball. I remember Tom House catching the home run in the bullpen, and fearing for Aaron's safety when those two kids dogged him rounding second base. You knew you were watching something historic -- a moment that would stand the test of time.

Tim Kurkjian


I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md. I was sitting in our rec room with my two brothers and my dad, all huge baseball fans. We were watching the only TV in the house. I can still remember Curt Gowdy, who brought sports into all our houses back then, yelling, "He did it!" It was a night I will never forget the rest of my life.

Buster Olney


I was early to bed on April 8, 1974, and when I got up in the morning to go to the barn for chores, I found a handwritten note from my Mom on the kitchen table, with the checkered tablecloth, that Aaron had broken the record. I remember she noted that the crowd had cheered.

Steve Wulf


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