I apologize in advance to those who might not know what I’m talking about.
Not surprisingly, the news here in Atlanta and throughout the baseball world has been about the death of Henry Aaron, the man who broke Babe Ruth’s seemingly insurmountable home run record of 714 home runs in a career. The video above shows Hank’s homer that broke the record on April 8, 1974. He ended his career with 755 home runs with the Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers and was enshrined as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When I moved to Atlanta and started following the Braves, Hank was around as an elder statesman from the team that moved here from Milwaukee in 1966. Everyone in the organization loved him and recognized him as the heart and soul of the Braves.
The Braves lost another member of the family earlier this week. While Don Sutton never played for the Braves, he was a member of the broadcast team from 1990 until 2018, spending a couple of years in there announcing for the Washington Nationals. Don is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, having won 324 games and ringing up 3,574 strikeouts in a 23-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and California Angels. He came across as a friendly guy, loaded with baseball knowledge that he’d share with the audience on radio and TV.
We bought a new furnace and air-conditioning unit several years ago, and one of the reasons we bought this one was because the salesman told us he had sold one to Don Sutton. I figured if it was good enough for him, it was good enough for me.
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