April 8, 1974

On this day in 1974, Henry (Hank) Aaron hit home run number 715 to break Babe Ruth’s long-standing mark.

I remember it because I was with my great-grandmother, “Nannie”, and just prior to the great event, she was trying to educate me on the proper time to say, “You’re welcome”, when the occasion called for it to be said.  Nannie was all about protocol, and did her best with the child she had to work with.

Nannie loved baseball, and we watched many games on NBC, particularly on Saturdays (as became the custom afterwards) when I stayed for the weekend.  But on this particular Monday night, 39 years ago, she said if Hank did what was expected, I wouldn’t forget it.

Aaron did, and I never forgot, Nannie.  I love you.

P.S.  I also got better at saying, “You’re welcome.”

 

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