Henry Aarons, America's top living baseball star equalled another of Babe Ruth's records when he hit his 722nd home run in regular season baseball at Atlanta on Wednesday (29 May).
GV Aaron on home base. Receives pitch, hits ball.
LV & SV Ball lands over boundary for home run (2 shots)
SV PAN Aaron around bases. Greeted by team mates.
"He's thinking home run right now. The Fillies are putting on a shift for Aaron; Cash, Bowerand Schmidt ont eh left side. Martinez the only one on the right. If they think Henry's thinking long ball he'll try and pull it. Ball's hit pretty well ... is going back ... can he get it? He's to the screen ... it's over.. it's a home run for Hank Aaron. 722 and what a time to get that one. Hank Aaron, a home run to dead centre field. A tough loss for Jim Lonborg."
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Background: Henry Aarons, America's top living baseball star equalled another of Babe Ruth's records when he hit his 722nd home run in regular season baseball at Atlanta on Wednesday (29 May).
The homer, in the 10th innings, gave the Atlanta Braves a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Fillies.
Counting home runs in regular season play as well as the World Series and All Star games, Aaron now has 730 homers, the same as Ruth. Earlier this year Aaron topped Ruth's mark of 714 homers in regular season games alone. He has hit nine homers this season.
Aaron, 40, has announced he will retire this October. Already some of the bats and balls he has used in his career have been collectors items, valued at a quarter of a million dollars (GBP 200,000 sterling).
Following is a transcript of the commentary as Aaron scores his latest homer.
SYNOPSIS: With his retirement only five months away Aarons baseball gear is already becoming sought after by collectors with a number of bats, balls and caps insured for a quarter of a million dollars.