Hank Aaron Starting to Make His Home Run Play

(Original Caption) Hank Aaron's mother was watching this home run, as her favorite homer hitter and son, Hammerin Hank made Babe Ruth and also ran here, on April 8th. Catching a pitch by Dodger Al Downing, Aaron rocketed the ball over the left center fence for homer No. 715, and made his home run trot for a score.

ATLANTA (CBS46) -- Monday marks one of the most significant anniversaries in the history of Braves baseball.

Forty-five years ago Monday, Henry Louis Aaron stepped to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Al Downing and on his second pitch, Aaron etched his place in sports history hitting his 715th home run.

The video of the home run is remembered for the legendary call by Dodgers' Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully and for the two fans who ran on the field to congratulate Aaron.

Scully's call included this line after Aaron crossed home plate, "A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking the record of an all-time baseball idol."

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