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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Aaron belts final homer, No. 755 of his career
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 20, 1976

California Angels right-hander Dick Drago tries to get a fastball past Hank Aaron, the designated hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers. Aaron, 42, unleashes his patented power swing and sends the pitch over the left-field fence at Milwaukee County Stadium for his 10th homer of the season and 755th of his storied career.

Dick Arndt, a member of the Brewers' grounds crew, retrieves the ball. After the game, he wants to return the ball personally to Aaron, but when told that he can't, he takes the ball home with him.

The next day, the Brewers will fire Arndt for leaving the ballpark with club property. They also deduct $5 from his final paycheck to cover the cost of the ball.

In his autobiography, Aaron will write that he has offered up to $10,000 for the ball, but that Arndt refuses to sell it to him.

The home run is the last that Aaron will ever hit.

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