Today in 1974: Atlanta Braves legend Henry Aaron drives a fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers’ left-hander Al Downing over Atlanta Stadium’s left-center-field fence, just to the right of the three hundred eighty five foot marker.
His seven hundred and fifteenth career home run, Aaron’s hit breaks Babe Ruth’s Major League record, which has stood for nearly forty years. Detractors have downplayed this inevitable event, often with racist overtones, saying the modern baseball is livelier than in Ruth’s day and that Aaron has played more games.
Aaron’s defenders counter that modern hitters also must contend with more night games and the slider, a breaking pitch introduced after Ruth retired.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Time for some spring cleaning? Donate items to help Wisconsin’s wildlife! Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center is holding it’s annual Garage Sale fundraiser the last weekend of April. Books, clothes, toys, pet supplies, and more are appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 3 to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12 to 5 pm. More info at giveshelter.org.
Tonight is a Keystone XL Pipeline Teach-In, hosted by Climate Action 350 UW and 350 Madison. The teach-in will explore the pipeline’s environmental risks, dispel the myths generated by Trans Canada and their cronies in Washington, interpret the political process surrounding the pipeline, and find ways to fight back–both locally and nationally. This is tonight from 7 to 8:30pm at UW-Madison, in Room 15 Science Hall, 550 North Park Street. More info at 350madison.wordpress.com.