NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 25, 1973
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(Studio) Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves, has hit 700 home runs in major league career. Babe Ruth hit only 14 more home runs in his time.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Aaron blocks everything out of mind during game except pitcher. [AARON - says he won't listen to fans and pressure because he'll try to hit home runs and it won't work. It must be natural.] [NEWMAN - asks when Aaron realized he had a chance at Babe Ruth's record.] [AARON - states 3 years ago when he hit 47 homes runs.] [NEWMAN - asks if Aaron pictures Babe Ruth in certain way.] [AARON - says he doesn't know that much about him except he was a tremendous ball-player. Has utmost respect for man.] Film clip of Babe Ruth hitting home run shown. [NEWMAN - asks if Babe Ruth existed for Aaron as a boy.] [AARON - believes Babe Ruth was unreal to him and all black boys.] Aaron began in 1954. No one paid much attention to Aaron's creeping up on Babe Ruth's record until 1971. Letters flow in, good and bad. [NEWMAN - asks how Aaron feels now that black man has a chance against Babe Ruth's record.] [AARON - states he can only play his best possible game. Believes hate mail from older generation.]
REPORTER: Edwin Newman