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Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (born February 5, 1934), nicknamed "Hammer", or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder from 1954 through 1976. As the 1974 season began, the Braves wanted Aaron to sit out the first three games of the season, because they were not home games. They wanted Aaron to break the record in Atlanta. But Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ruled that he had to play two games in the first series. The team returned to Atlanta, and on April 8, 1974, a crowd of 53,775 people showed up for the game — a Braves attendance record. In the 4th inning, Aaron hit career home run number 715 off L.A. Dodgers pitcher Al Downing.