Aircheck: Dodgers Radio Network, 4/8/1974

In honor of Vin Scully’s last game announcing at Dodger Stadium. I’d thought I’d share this.

The audio is Vin’s call of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, which broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714. The video is from NBC, which carried the game as part of their package of baseball games that aired Saturday afternoons and Monday nights. Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek, and Joe Garagiola called the game for the Peacock.

What I love about this clip (and I wish it’s something announcers of our era would emulate more) is how once the record breaking home run is hit, Scully “lays out” (doesn’t say anything) for about 30 seconds. Even calling the game on radio, he pauses and lets the crowd, the fireworks, everything else going on do the talking for him on that historic moment.

Aaron breaking the record was only part of the story, as he unfortunately received death threats along with letters with racial slurs as he approached the record. A lot of “rednecks” of the time didn’t want a black man breaking the Babe’s long standing record.

I know Barry Bonds has more homers, but Hank Aaron will always be the man I recognize as the all time homer leader. Ditto Roger Maris for the single season mark.

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