On This Day: Hank Aaron Hits Only Inside the Park Home Run in 1967

by Will Shepard

Hank Aaron is known as one of the best power hitters of all-time in Major League Baseball. Over the course of his 23-year baseball career, he hit 755 home runs. This statistic, along with his fielding ability, landed him in the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Sadly, Hank Aaron passed away in January of this year. However, he will always be remembered in the sport of baseball for crushing home runs. The longest home run of his career was recorded at 470 feet. However, the shortest home run he ever hit never left the ballpark.

On May 10, 1967, in his fourteenth career season, Aaron hit an inside-the-park home run. The homer came against the Philadelphia Phillies. The opposing pitcher was Jim Bunning, another Hall of Fame baseball player. Even though the Braves lost the game 4-3, his home run will never be forgotten.

In the eighth inning, with a teammate on first base and down 3-1 in the ball game, Aaron stepped up to the plate. The outfielder drove the Bunning pitch to deep center field, making the Phillies center fielder chase back. The ball carried 400 feet away from home plate. When the relay throw finally came to home plate, Hank Aaron had already crossed home plate. This was home run No. 448.

At the end of the 1976 MLB season, he led the National League (NL) with 39 home runs. Officially, this put him at 481 home runs in his career. However, that year he finished in fifth place in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting.

Hank Aaron Had A Truly Marvelous 23-Year Major League Baseball Career

In 1968, the Braves outfielder hit his 500th career home run. In 1974, on opening day, Hank Aaron hit home run No. 714, which tied him with the legendary Babe Ruth. Just three days later, he hit home run No. 715 – a magical moment for baseball.

When his career was over, he talked about his mentality about batting. “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

Hank Aaron was known for his incredible power, but he also had incredible speed. During his career, he collected 240 stolen bases.

Hank Aaron was a part of one World Series Championship team, the 1957 Atlanta Braves. In that postseason, he hit .393 with 3 home runs, 7 RBI’s, and had 11 hits. Consequently, he helped his team beat the New York Yankees that year.