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On August 19 1974, the Braves hosted the St. Louis Cardinals, and that game proved to be a veritable clinic in slugging as Atlanta sparkled to an 11-6 victory. Atlanta’s first scoring came in the bottom of the 3rd, when megastar Hank Aaron stepped in the box with two out and a runner on first. Cardinal hurler Claude Osteen delivered a fat one, and Hammerin’ Hank got all of it for his 730th career home run. That ball has survived these past 36 years to now become available – thanks in no small part to the guy who caught the ball as a bullpen spectator, Atlanta reliever Tom House. Dutifully, House surrendered the ball to Hank who, in turn, documented the event on a side panel and returned it to his teammate as a keepsake. The ball, of course, is an ONL (Feeney) and much of its uniform toning is attributable to its original mudding. The ball’s stampings are crisp, and its surface doesn’t bear any particular impact wound (we presume that House caught it on the fly). In any event, the flight of this particular baseball constituted the Major League record for career home runs for nearly a month, as Aaron didn’t hit his next dinger until mid-September that year. Aaron’s documentation, by the way, cites “#730,” and extends “Best Wishes to Tom House [signed] Hank Aaron” … all of which is clean and distinctly legible. LOA from PSA DNA.
Hank Aaron's #730 Home Run Ball - Personalized to Teammate Tom House
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