Celebrating Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run with Al Downing, the Pitcher who Gave it Up

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing, right, who gave up Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, throws out the first pitch following a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the hit before the start of baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Any young player coming to the Major League, I don’t care who you are, there’s someone who’s going to adopt you and it’s like going into a fraternity and they’re going to look after you. And Henry was like…like that about a lot of young players. I wasn’t the only one, but I especially enjoyed it because I was a Pitcher and he didn’t care.

He says, “You know, I want to make sure you’re as good a Major Leaguer, huh? So, and of course, when you know…when I’m at bat and you’re pitching, you know it’s confrontation and that’s the way it is.


ATLANTA – 50 years ago today, Al Downing gave up homerun number 715 to Hank Aaron which broke Babe Ruth’s Home Run Record. Today, Al Downing joined Nick & Chris to talk about that day, the infamous pitch that launched he and Hank into the history books, and his relationship with Hank Aaron following that home run.

He’ll also recount being on the NY Yankees with a couple all-time Hall-of-Fame greats, his days around the Atlanta Braves broadcast booth, and much more!

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