April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers.
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March 1, 1969 – New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball. Mantle was an idol to millions, known for his remarkable power and speed and his everyman personality. While “The Mick” patrolled center field and batted clean-up between 1951 and 1968, the Yankees won 12 American League pennants and seven World Series.
August 26, 1947 – Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball.
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July 26, 1948 – Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, “The Babe Ruth Story.”
July 3, 1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
June 20, 1950 – Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants.
June 10, 1944 – The youngest pitcher in major league baseball pitched his first game. Joe Nuxhall was 15 years old (and 10 months and 11 days).
May 25, 1935 – Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.
May 13, 1967 – Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun.