06/07/2007 4:00 PM ET
Brewers unveil plaque to memorialize the final home run of Hank Aaron's career, #755
Commemorative plaque located at the landing spot of the historic home run
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers today unveiled a commemorative plaque to forever mark the landing location of Hank Aaron's final home run during his illustrious Hall of Fame career. Brewers Executive Vice President - Business Operations Rick Schlesinger hosted the event with Major League Baseball's Home Run King Hank Aaron present at the ceremony.
On July 20, 1976, Aaron recorded his 755th career home run while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. For over 30 years, the home run has represented one of the most historic moments in Milwaukee Brewers history and all of Major League Baseball.
"Hank Aaron's accomplishments are revered for his exceptional talents showcased on the field and in the community," Schlesinger said. "This final home run during his Hall of Fame career capped his many contributions to the most memorable moments in Milwaukee sports history. We are pleased to recognize this unforgettable achievement and know that the marker will be a popular destination for fans coming to games at Miller Park."
While playing against the California Angels, Aaron belted the last round-tripper of his 23-year Major League career off pitcher Dick Drago during the seventh inning of a Brewers victory. The home run ball traveled over the left field wall and landed in the grandstand along the left field foul pole, which today serves as a parking lot at Miller Park. The blast was one of two consecutive home runs for the Brewers as teammate and first baseman George Scott homered in the previous at-bat.
Aaron began his Major League career playing for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954-65 followed by nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves. In 1975, Aaron returned to Milwaukee and played two seasons with the Brewers before retiring as a player in 1976. During his career, Aaron slugged 420 home runs in a Milwaukee uniform.
"The city of Milwaukee and its fans have provided countless memories and I am fortunate to have played 14 professional seasons in this city. My wife Billye and I truly enjoy coming back to visit Milwaukee," stated Aaron. "This is a very meaningful gesture on behalf of the Brewers organization."
To determine the precise location of the home run, the services of Dr. Alan J. Horowitz, Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering and Mechanics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, were called upon to perform a thorough study. Through the assistance of several students from UWM's Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the team calculated GPS measurements, reviewed surveys of County Stadium, studied aerial photos of Miller Park and County Stadium and closely examined the home run video to determine the exact location where the ball landed.
The identified landing point of the home run was identified at the coordinates N 43 degrees 1.821 minutes/W 87 degrees 58.347 minutes. The location of the plaque is placed at the spot where the flight of the ball was effectively first impeded. Today, the plaque is situated in Brewers Lot 1, a preferred parking area located east of Helfaer Field. Upon entering Miller Park, baseball fans will notice the commemorative marker which features a brick border around its circumference.
The research team also identified the distance on the home run to have traveled 363 feet.