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ESPN.com "Reenacts" Aaron's 715th Home Run With Live Blog Of Historic Game
Published April 9, 2014
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ROYAL TREATMENT: The AP's Charles Odum noted Aaron was honored before the Mets-Braves game last night. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said of Aaron being called the true home run king, "I'm always in a sensitive spot there, but I've said that myself and I'll just leave it at that." Braves Chair Terry McGuirk during the ceremony said Aaron "set the home run record the old-fashioned way." He added, "You will always be the home run king of all time." Braves players last night wore "their 1970s era white-and-blue uniforms, complete with small 'a' caps, in tribute to Aaron" (AP, 4/8). Pregame ceremony emcee Pete Van Wieren said, "He is still recognized as baseball's true home run king." In Atlanta, Carroll Rogers notes Van Wieren spoke "without saying a word about Barry Bonds or the seven more home runs he finished his career with than Aaron's 755." Aaron "took it all in with grace and a smile, even at 80 years old, coming off hip surgery, when he needed a walker to get to the podium." Falcons Owner Arthur Blank, former Georgia AD Vince Dooley, former Georgia Tech football coach Bill Curry and "others representing Atlanta's major sports teams and programs all took part in the ceremony" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 4/9).