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Hank Aaron sets home run record with No. 715

Updated: April 2, 2002, 10:24 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

April 8, 1974

Hank Aaron was 15 months old when Babe Ruth hit the last of his record 714 homers. Thirty-eight years later, in the summer of '73, Aaron's chase to beat the Babe heated up. So did the mail.

He received more than an estimated 3,000 letters a day, more than any American outside of politics. Unfortunately, much of it was hate mail, including death threats sent by racists. The year ended with Aaron at 713 homers.

Hammerin' Hank wasn't going to let the ...

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