Tater Tuesday – Henry Aaron (1975-1976)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

This week, we step away from Timber Rattlers home runs to celebrate an important date for fans of the home run.

Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934.  Tomorrow is his 80th birthday.  To honor Hammerin’ Hank, Tater Tuesday looks at the home runs he hit with the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

Still the greatest!

Still the greatest!

1975:

HR #1
Date: April 18
Opponent: Cleveland Indians
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Gaylord Perry
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, Cleveland 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 0
Notes:  Aaron hit three home runs off fellow Hall of Famer Perry in his career.  He also went back-to-back with Johnny Briggs on homers with this blast.

HR #2
Date: April 26
Opponent: New York Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Pat Dobson
Inning: 7th
Outs: Solo
Score Before Homer: New York 8, Milwaukee 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: New York 8, Milwaukee 1
Note:  This home run was hit at Shea Stadium, where the Yankees played their home games during the 1974 & 1975 seasons while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.

HR #3
Date: May 9
Opponent: Kansas City Royals
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Al Fitzmorris
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1 out
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 1, Kansas City 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 2, Kansas City 1
Note: Fitzmorris pitched for the Foxes in 1966 and 1967.

HR #4
Date: May 15
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Steve Hargan
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Texas 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 7, Texas 1

HR #5
Date: May 17
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Ray Corbin
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Minnesota 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 2

HR #6
Date: June 12
Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Vida Blue
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Oakland 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, Oakland 3
Note: This was Aaron’s first regular season home run at Milwaukee County Stadium since September 20, 1965.

HR #7
Date: June 14
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, California 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 3, California 2
Note: In his career, Aaron hit two home runs against Ryan

HR #8
Date: July 3
Opponent: Boston Red Sox
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Roger Moret
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 0, Boston 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 1, Boston 0

HR #9
Date: July 5
Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Vern Ruhle
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 1, Detroit 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 2, Detroit 0

HR #10
Date: July 24
Opponent: Baltimore Orioles
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dyar Miller
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Baltimore 10, Milwaukee 6
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Baltimore 10, Milwaukee 7

HR #11
Date: August 11
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tom Johnson
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 7, Minnesota 3

HR #12
Date: September 14
Opponent: Boston Red Sox
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Bill Lee
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 3, Boston 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 4, Boston 1

1976:

HR #13
Date: May 4
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Nelson Briles
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Texas 2, Milwaukee 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 2, Texas 2

HR #14
Date: May 19
Opponent: Baltimore Orioles
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Mike Cuellar
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Baltimore 5, Milwaukee 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Baltimore 5, Milwaukee 2

HR #15
Date: June 14
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Frank Tanana
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, California 1
Type: Three-Run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, California 1

HR #16
Date: June 16
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Paul Hartzell
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 7, California 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 9, California 0

HR #17
Date: June 18
Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jim Todd
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, Oakland 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 3, Oakland 2

HR #18
Date: June 19
Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Glenn Abbott
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Oakland 6, Milwaukee 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Oakland 6, Milwaukee 4

HR #19
Date: June 22
Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dave Roberts
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Detroit 4, Milwaukee 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Detroit 4, Milwaukee 2

HR #20
Date: July 9
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jim Umbarger
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Texas 2, Milwaukee 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Texas 2, Milwaukee 1

HR #21
Date: July 11 – Game two of Doubleheader
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Steve Foucault
Inning: 10th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Texas 4
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, Texas 4
Notes: This was the ninth walkoff home run in Aaron’s career.  It was also the fourteenth extra-inning home run in his career.  The Milwaukee Sentinel has the game story and a column about this feat.

HR #22
Date: July 20
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dick Drago
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, California 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, California 1
Notes: Aaron went back-to-back with George Scott with this home run.  This was also the 755th and final home run of Aaron’s career.

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