Braves to honor 40th anniversary of Aaron's record

The Associated Press
Braves to honor 40th anniversary of Aaron's record
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Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron speaks at a reception in his honor, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Washington. Aaron is turning 80 and is being celebrated with a series of events in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves are planning to honor the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record 715th home run in a pregame ceremony before their home opener against the Mets on April 8.

The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aaron's autograph and a ''40th Anniversary'' banner.

Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record on April 8, 1974, at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. He finished his career with 755 homers, a record passed by Barry Bonds, who finished with 762.

Braves president John Schuerholz said the anniversary ''deserves a season-long celebration.''

Aaron celebrated his 80th birthday on Feb. 5.