This Day in History | Hank Aaron Breaks the Babe's HR Record

1:48 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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While the talk this week is about the release of the Jackie Robinson biopic, "42," today marks the 39th anniversary of Henry "Hank" Aaron's record-breaking home run.

And there's talk about Hollywood turning Hammerin' Hank's pursuit of Babe Ruth's record into a major motion picture too.

It's only fitting that he'd follow the iconic Dodger on the big screen as Aaron was motivated to play baseball by an appearance Robinson made through Mobile, where Hammerin' Hank grew up.

As Aaron, at age 40, approached 714 homers, he became the subject of death threats -- and even a plot to kidnap his daughter.

He finished his illustrious career with 755 home runs, which stood for more than 20 years and remains second on the all-time list.

Another of Aaron's accomplishments came up over the weekend after BJ and Justin Upton hit home runs to tie and then win a game over the Cubs. 

That's something Hank and his brother Tommy pulled off in 1962 when the Braves were still in Milwaukee. 

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