Friday, April 08, 2011

The Impressive Henry Aaron Exhibit In Cooperstown

Over the past few years, The National Baseball Hall Of Fame has been working to change their Records Room on the 3rd Floor of the museum. The goal to better chronicle the game of baseball by adding artifacts to baseball's always important statistics. One of the best early examples of this effort is the Hank Aaron Exhibit which is downright fascinating to browse and enjoy. Sohna was so captivated she stopped to read every caption under every case and pressed the button on every single interactive display.
Henry Aaron has been very generous to The Hall Of Fame & Museum donating countless personal items so his story can be fully told in Cooperstown. Please enjoy, the pictures speak for themselves. But you gotta love Hank's Home Run #715 complete Atlanta Braves uniform which Aaron wore on that historic night: April 8th, 1974--37 years ago tonight. One of the most classic uniforms worn by any team during the colorful 1970's.

715 Home Run Uniform

First Pro Contract--Paid $200 Per Month

Presidential Citizens Medal Given Aaron By President Bill Clinton and Presidential Medal Of Freedom given Aaron by President George W. Bush 

Throughout the time Sohna and I were viewing the Henry Aaron displays a video plays for about 10 minutes and then repeats. Every time Henry Aaron's 715th Home Run was played we stopped to watch--not only to see the historic home run again but also to hear Broadcaster Milo Hamilton's famous call of the moment:

"Henry Aaron, in the second inning walked and scored... He's sittin' on 714... Here's the pitch by Downing... swinging... there's a drive into left-center field... that ball is gonna beeee... OUTTA HERE! IT'S GONE! IT'S 715! There's a new home run champion of all time... and it's HENRY AARON!"

P.S. Notice once Henry Aaron crosses home plate running into the picture with a audio recorder in his hands is a very young Craig Sager who now works for Turner Sports. Sager's wearing a long tan trenchcoat--not one of his well known color sport coats of today.

Also famous from this eventful night was Dodger Broadcaster Vin Scully's poignant remarks after Henry Aaron hit Number 715:

"What a marvelous moment for baseball; what a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia; what a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron. … And for the first time in a long time, that poker face in Aaron shows the tremendous strain and relief of what it must have been like to live with for the past several months."
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