Posted: 10:52 am Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Braves to wear patch commemorating Hank’s 715th 

By David O'Brien

The Braves will wear commemorative patches on their jerseys throughout the 2014 season in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run.

The great Braves slugger broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record when Aaron hit No. 715 on April 8, 1974, over the left-field fence at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. It was his second homer of the season and came in the Braves’ home opener against the Dodgers, after Aaron had tied the record in the opening road series at Cincinnati.

The Braves’ home opener in 2014 is also on April 8, against the New York Mets, and Aaron and his iconic moment will be celebrated during a pregame ceremony. The Braves open the season with a trip to Milwaukee and Washington.Hank Aaron 40th Anniversary 715 #43751C

The jersey patch will be worn on the right sleeve. It’s the shape of home plate, has a navy-blue background with “715” in red and Aaron’s signature across the numbers. The words “40th anniversary” are atop the number and the distinct, modernized feather features on the ‘70s era uniforms is at the bottom of the patch.

“We are delighted to honor Hank and recognize this momentous occasion,” Braves president John Schuerholz said in a news release. “It was such an enormous milestone for him, for our team and for Major League Baseball, and we believe it deserves a season-long celebration.”

The Braves are also wearing new caps for spring training and batting practice this year that are similar to the ‘70s era caps worn at the time of Aaron’s 715th homer.

9 comments
Meaney
Meaney

HannerinHank The REAL all time HomeRunChampion *____*

SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

1974 was a memorable year, in addition to Aaron's record-breaking HR

Buzz Capra (2.28) and Phil Niekro (2.38) led the NL in ERA

Knucksie won 20 games

Ralph "Roadrunner"  Garr won the battling title, hitting .353 (216 hits)

It would be several years after that before there were any more memorable feats attained on the baseball field.

dkg53
dkg53

How about, one time only, wear throwback uniforms identical to those worn the night of April 8, 1974 on the night of April 8, 2014?  I'm no fan of those old uniforms, but it would be a good way to pay homage to Aaron and those '74 Braves.  If I remember correctly, they overachieved that year, thanks to players like Buzz Capra, Hank Aaron, et al.

fez
fez

I hope these are sewn onto jerseys that are for sale this season.

northbeach_scott
northbeach_scott

Very cool way to honor Hank and his achievements. Much better than the stupid ST caps that should be burned. Bring back the screaming Brave of the 1960's.

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Does anyone think the Giants and MLB will be sincerely "celebrating" the #756 of Barry Bonds after 40 years?

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Will BJ Upton and/or Dan StrUggla be able to "overachieve" in 2014 by hitting above .201?