Hank Aaron in the adidas Triple Crown

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth's Home Run Record in adidas Triple Crown

Records are meant to be broken, and that's exactly what baseball legend Hank Aaron did on April 8, 1974. The Hammer smashed his 715th home run on this day, as the Braves took on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Amidst high levels of racial tension, Aaron broke ground for African Americans in the sport, receiving a massive ovation after breaking the record. Just months earlier, Aaaron was swamped with death threats and insults surrounding the fact that he could possibly break American hero Babe Ruth's record.

Flashing back to '74, Aaron was wearing the adidas Three Stripes in the form of the Triple Crown spike model. This vintage sneaker's technology is considerably basic, but was more than adequate for one of the best hitters of all time to make baseball history.

With the MLB season currently underway, it will be interesting to see if any other records are closed in on this year.

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