The underappreciated superstar

Hank Aaron holds the all-time home-run record, but Page 2's Jim Baker argues that his exploits remain largely forgotten.

Updated: April 8, 2004, 1:56 PM ET
By Jim Baker | Special to Page 2

We are going to see quite a bit of a grainy piece of footage today. It features a pitcher named Al Downing -- a man who threw over 30,000 pitches in the major leagues but who is now remembered for just this one -- serving up a gopher ball to Henry Louis Aaron. It's a chaotic little piece of film, almost avant garde in its cutting, but it gets its point across: this is clearly no ordinary home run.

As we are treated to repeated showings of this great moment in baseball history on the 30th ...

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