Candlestick Park (Images of Sports) by Ted Atlas

By Ted Atlas

Opened in 1960 because the domestic of the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park is between America's so much iconic activities amenities. it's a outstanding instance of modernism and was once the 1st reinforced-concrete stadium. The Giants' domestic for forty years, it performed host to 2 international sequence, together with in 1989, while it was once infamously behind schedule by way of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Renovated to a dual-purpose stadium in 1970, it turned domestic to the San Francisco 49ers. In 1982, "The Catch," some of the most recognized performs in NFL historical past, heralded the start of 5 tremendous Bowl Championships. Candlestick Park used to be additionally domestic to the early Oakland Raiders, was once visited via Pope John Paul II, and observed the final Beatles live performance.

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But the pivotal moment came when Baker’s mother, Christine, sought a pledge from Aaron. She worried about Dusty playing in the South and asked Aaron a favor. Would he watch over Dusty as if he were his own son? If Aaron, as the defending National League home-run champion, felt the request out of line, he did not let on. He simply agreed to keep an eye on Dusty, and Baker and his mother signed a contract with the Braves—against the wishes of his father, who contested in court. The battle prompted Dusty to cut his father from his life.

At Wrigley Field, fans stood amid the box seats behind the dark brick wall and between and around the dugouts to watch Hank Aaron take batting practice on a Saturday. Aaron stepped 52 To m S t a n t o n into the cage. But before he managed a swing, the spectators did something they rarely did at batting practice. They cheered. He hadn’t yet hit the ball and they were cheering. Those who had been seated stood and applauded. It was spontaneous, unprovoked, and genuine. Aaron popped some balls into left field before depositing one among the bleacher bums beyond the ivy-covered outfield wall.

Soon, he was toying with the wilder side of the ball-playing life. ” He and Barbara divorced quietly in February 1971. The children continued to live with their mother. To escape the pain of being separated from them, Aaron immersed himself in his work—baseball—and hit more home runs than he ever had before. Aaron’s four children were never far from his mind. He talked to them almost daily. In 1973, the oldest, Gaile, was studying journalism in college. , and Lary, were attending Marist High, a Catholic school where they played sports, and, like youngest daughter Dorinda, living in Atlanta.

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