A moment can be presented in such a way that it becomes bigger than itself, like a great piece of art in the perfect frame. Hank Aaron's 715th home run didn't need a frame to be historic. The Braves and baseball celebrated the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715 home run last night. A play that was so perfectly framed by not Vin Scully but Milo Hamilton.
Milo had been part of the Braves broadcast for almost ten years when Aaron stepped the plate on April 8, 1974. Richard Justice talks about Hamilton's historic call -
"Henry Aaron, in the second inning walked and score. He's sittin' on 714. Here's the pitch by Downing. Swinging.
There's a drive into left-center field. That is ball is gonna be-eee ... Outta here! It's gone! It's 715!
There's a new home run champion of all-time, and it's Henry Aaron."
In the end, it was absolutely perfect. Hamilton had prepared nothing for the moment even though he'd had months to think about what he wanted to say.
Instead, Hamilton wanted it to be about the home run itself. He would be the reporter describing what he saw and felt.
Grant Brisbee put the event into context just Vin Scully's call of home run 715. Scully embraces the macro moment of a black man being celebrated for breaking Babe Ruth's record.
I admit my biased toward Mio's call because he was the voice I grew up listening to when it comes to baseball. But, either way Hank Aaron's 715th home run will live forever as one the greatest moments in baseball history. Milo's great call will live alongside it.