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50th anniversary for 715 by Number 44

The incomparable Vin Scully calls the shot.

I watched Henry Aaron’s history-making moment on TeeWee with my dad; if I remember right, my folks had permitted me to play hooky from school the day he tied the Babe’s longstanding record of 714—a record most baseball people had sworn for years could never be equalled, let alone surpassed—so’s I could watch that one.

When I was growing up in Mt Holly, NC, it was de rigeur to root for A) the Washington Redskins (so naturally my ever-contrarian self was a diehard supporter of Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys), and B) the lovable-loser Atlanta Braves.

My dad took me down to ATL to see the Braves play at the old Fulton County Stadium a cpl-three times when I was a wee tyke; somewhere, I still have an old cone-shaped, cardboard Braves-logo’d popcorn container that, when all the popcorn was et, you could tear off the bottom corner and use it for a megaphone to cheer on Hammerin’ Hank and the perennially hapless Braves whilst doing the Tomahawk Chop.

Yeah, we were all RAYCISS!© like that.

Update! Just for shits and giggles I decided to go see if I could dig up a pitcher on the Innarnuts, and lo and behold!

That’s the very one I have moldering in the attic, no foolin’. As Scully said so many times after a memorable play: Whaddya know about thaaaat!


8 thoughts on “50th anniversary for 715 by Number 44

  1. Damn. 50 years. It’s like I’ve gotten old or something 🙂

    Remember it well, but didn’t see it live as I recall, but my sainted mother did. She never missed a Braves game.

  2. Heard it live. Thanks for another Vin Scully milestone of a golden moment in baseball, from back when I cared.

  3. Mike – OT:
    The State Department is currently taking almost 12 months to issue passports.

    I mention this because your site today is loading only slightly faster than that.

    Enemy action? Sloppy hosting? Solar eclipse still in effect? Just thought you should be aware…

    Best wishes.

    1. Yeah, noticed that myself, actually. I’m experimenting with disabling some redundant plugins to see if that helps any; so far, the main page is loading pretty quickly, but accessing the comments section is still slow as molasses.

      1. Okay, just deactivated ALL plugins, and everything seems to be quick as a snake now. Gotta re-activate ’em one at a time next and figure out where the problem lies.

        1. I believe I’ve narrowed it down to two main culprits, which are gonna remain disabled until they’ve been updated. We lose some minor functionality, alas, but none that seems to get used all that much anyway, so no big deal, really.

  4. I was 12 years old when that happened. Dad took me to 4 or 5 games every season as we lived in Augusta 2 hours from Fulton County Stadium until 1975. We would watch the Braves on TV with the volume off and have WSB on the radio to listen to Scully.

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