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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Braves to honor Hank Aaron

Associated Press

Hank Aaron patch
The Braves will wear this patch to honor the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's home run record.

ATLANTA -- The Braves are planning to honor the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's then-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 of their jerseys 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.