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    1973 Hank Aaron Career Home Run #713 Baseball. Hank Aaron tied and broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record of 714 in 1974, almost forty years after the Babe retired. But it was Aaron's incredible age-defying 1973 season that saw him reach 713 which made the first two the following April possible, and so special. Aaron's numbers has dipped substantially from 1971 (47, 118, .327) at age thirty-seven to 1972 (34, 77, .265) at age thirty-eight, and many believed that father time had finally caught up with Hammerin' Hank.

    Defying age, death threats, doubters, and tremendous physical and mental pressure on a daily basis, the thirty-nine-year-old star pushed to tie and surpass the Babe in 1973 because he feared he may not live to see 1974. As such, he turned in one of the most amazing seasons in history. In just 120 games and 392 at bats, Aaron hit forty home runs, drove in ninety-six runs, and batted .301. The record for players thirty-nine or older prior to 1973 was thirty home runs, and that number was achieved way back in 1927.

    Silencing all his critics, Aaron finished the 1973 season just one home run shy of baseball's most revered number when he hit number 713 off the Houston Astros' Jerry Reuss in Atlanta on September 29, 1973.

    As Aaron approached home run number 700, the Braves organization worked to recover significant home run balls so that they could be returned to Hank. To ensure that these balls were in fact authentic, balls stamped with invisible ink were put in play when Aaron came to the plate. After number 713 was returned to and verified by Bill Aree, the Braves Clubhouse Manager, Aree gave the ball to Dick Cecil, a long time Braves executive, who was on his way to meet Aaron. After Cecil handed the ball to Aaron, the slugger gave it back to him saying he wanted him to have it.

    On offer here is the ONL (Feeney) baseball Hank Aaron hit for his fortieth home run of the 1973 season and the 713th of his career, the culmination of, in many ways, his greatest season. LOA from Dick Cecil, former executive of the Atlanta Braves.


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