On July 20, 1976, Milwaukee Brewers designated hitter Hank Aaron hit the 755th and final home run of his illustrious career off California Angels reliever Dick Drago.
Aaron is one of only four players, along with Roger Connor, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds to have held the career home run record since 1895. In all, he held the baseball’s most memorable record for 33 years, 3 months and 30 days.
HANK AARON’S FINAL HOME RUN
Aaron’s final home run, which was his 10th of the season, came with two outs and nobody on in the 7th inning. It followed a blast off George Scott’s bat that was also the first baseman’s 10th home run of the year. The Brewers went on to win the game 6-2.
Aaron’s final season (in which he appeared in only 85 games), along with his rookie year, were the only two of his 23-year career in which he wasn’t voted as an All-Star. More than four decades after his retirement, Aaron still holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in (2,297), extra base hits (1,477), and total bases (6,856).
In June of 2007, at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia, Delta Airlines unveiled a newly-branded Delta Boeing 757 — the Hank Aaron 755 — in honor of the Hall of Famer’s long-standing HR record.
MLB CAREER HR RECORD
On August 7, 2007, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds surpassed Aaron’s home run mark when he sent a ball into the right-field stands at AT&T Park. His 756th home run came in the fifth inning off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik.
While Bonds would go on to finish his career with the current MLB record 762 home runs, many baseball purists still consider Aaron’s record to be the rightful one, as so many of Bonds round trippers came during an era of rampant steroid use.