Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Hank Aaron presents the 2013 Hank Aaron Award prior to game four of the MLB baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Braves Will Honor Hank Aaron With Patch

715 According to the Atlanta Braves official Twitter account, the club will honor and pay tribute to Hank Aaron this season with a patch to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hank’s 715th Home Run!

Atlanta Braves (@Braves) tweeted at 9:05 AM on Tue, Feb 11, 2014: Check out the new patch the #Braves will wear to commemorate the 40th anniversary of @HenryLouisAaron’s 715th HR! http://t.co/unZV1EgStj (https://twitter.com/Braves/status/433255476868833281)

According to the wiki on Hank, which is a good summary of his wonderful accomplishments…

Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron (born February 5, 1934), nicknamed “Hammer”, or “Hammerin’ Hank”, is a retired American professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder from 1954 through 1976. Aaron spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) before playing for the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League(AL) for the final two years of his career. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on their “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list. He held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times.

That description is just a brief summary of his accomplishments, with his 715th homer on April 8, 1974 his most noteworthy!  Despite his record of homers being broken, technically, I still regard Hank as the all-time leader, and the greatest and most prolific home run hitter of all time.  It will be a fitting honor for the Braves to wear the commemorative patch this season, and perhaps the patch will somehow magically propel the Braves to an extra level of power this coming season!

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