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As April 8 approaches, thoughts invariably turn to the biggest moment in baseball history: the day Hank Aaron wrested the home run king crown from Babe Ruth.

Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews hit a record 863 home runs as teammates

Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews hit a record 863 home runs as teammates

Darrell Evans was on base when Aaron connected at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium against Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It happened in the fourth inning of the fourth game of the season in the fourth month of the year and was delivered by a slugger wearing No. 44 against a pitcher wearing the same number.

“After he hit it, my thought was that we have to win the game,” Evans said during an exclusive interview on the BRAVES BANTER radio show Thursday night. “We did and it was so much fun to be part of that.”

Evans, a rookie, watched from the bench as Aaron homered in all three National League Championship Series games against the Miracle Mets in 1969. Four years later, however, he teamed with Aaron and Davey Johnson to become the first trio of teammates to hit 40 or more home runs in the same season.

By then, his boyhood idol had progressed from hitting coach to manager of the Braves.

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About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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