Today in Sports History: August 6

In 1972, Hank Aaron hit his 660th and 661st home runs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth’s MLB record of homers for one team. Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank,”Aaron ranks no. 2 on the Career Leaders List for most home runs with 755. Aaron dominated the major leagues during his illustrious 23 seasons in the MLB, earning himself an MLB All-Star selection in every year of his career. Aaron is only one of two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. From 1955-1973, Aaron hit 24 or more home runs each season. The legendary right fielder led the Atlanta Braves to win their second World Series championship in 1957 and was named the NL MVP in the same year. A 3x Gold Glove winner and 4x NL home run leader, Aaron maintained a batting average of .305. Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and his no. 44 is retired by the Atlanta Braves.

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