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This day in baseball: Hank Aaron joins the 600 home run club

On April 27, 1971, Hank Aaron hit a 350-foot home run off pitcher Gaylord Perry.  It was the 600th homer of his career, making him only the third player in baseball history to accomplish this feat, behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.  In spite of the homer, Atlanta lost to the Giants 6-5 in ten innings.  Ironically, it was Willie Mays’ tenth inning single that produced the Giants’ winning run.

Hank Aaron, 1974 (public domain)

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