Carrier Salutes Home Run King as Barry Bonds Creeps Closer to
On Monday, Delta Air Lines celebrated Major League Baseball Hall
of Fame and Home Run King Hank Aaron by unveiling a newly branded
Boeing 757 aircraft in his honor.
The event honored Aaron's accomplishments and contributions to
the game with a signature aircraft branded with artwork of Aaron's
historic 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time
home run king, said the carrier.
Dubbed the "Hank Aaron 755" to commemorate his 755
career-capping home runs, the aircraft was unveiled by Aaron and
Delta Chief Financial Officer Ed Bastian at a ceremony near
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
"Baseball's all-time, home-run record is arguably the greatest
record in sports and Delta is thrilled to honor the man who holds
it, Atlanta's own Hank Aaron," said Bastian. "Mr. Aaron thrilled
millions of fans in his years with the Braves and, since his
retirement from baseball as an active player in 1976, has remained
an important member of the Braves' organization and the Atlanta
As Atlanta's hometown airline and the Official Airline of the
Atlanta Braves, Delta is proud to dedicate one of our aircraft to a
resident of the Atlanta community who has become a national
treasure and a global baseball icon."
As a member of the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke baseball's home
run record on April 8, 1974 -- hitting his 715th home run off Los
Angeles Dodger pitcher Al Downing. He went on to hit 755 home runs
in a 23-year career and still holds Major League Baseball's
all-time records for RBI (2,297), extra-base hits (1,477) and total
He was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in
1982, his first year of eligibility, and is currently a senior vice
president with the Braves.
It appears likely Aaron won't hold onto the record for much
longer, however. On Sunday, the San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds
hit his 748th career home run in the Boston Red Sox's 9-5 victory
over the Giants... moving within seven homers of Hank Aaron's