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Hank Aaron - 1974

Hank Aaron – 1974

When the Milwaukee Braves (now the Atlanta Braves) got Hank Aaron in 1954, no one knew what a sensation he would become.

They did know however what they had in their pitching would have been with Warren Spahn, Lou Burdette, Gene Conley and Johnny Antonelli. The disappointment of loosing Antonelli to the Yankees didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for coming out to see the game. The new seating capacitiy at County Stadium had been increased to 43,340. The Braves drew a record of 2,131,388 in 1954. That made them the first team to break the 2 million attendance record. Not bad for Milwaukee.

They did do a little better than 1953 inching a little closer to first by five games. It would have been better if they hadn’t been hampered all year by injuries (how many times have you heard that?). It all came closing in on them when on September 5th Aaron broke an ankle sliding. So much for the press for the pennant and the rookie’s first season.