MILWAUKEE -- Did Hank Aaron really hit 756 home runs?
Aaron says he did, and says Bob Uecker is to blame for the fact the record books only list 755.
Aaron referenced the robbed homer on Friday at a ceremony to unveil a statue of Uecker, which stands near Aaron's own tribute outside Miller Park. In the eighth inning on Aug. 18, 1965, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Aaron ran to first base after blasting what looked like a tie-breaking home run off Cardinals left-hander Curt Simmons.
Not so fast.
"As I was getting ready to hit first base," Aaron said to Uecker, "you called [umpire] Chris Pelekoudas and you told him I had been out of the batter's box. They called my home run back.
"That is the truth. If not for that, I would have had another home run. Thanks very much."
Uecker did not play for the Cardinals in that game, but managed to impact one of Major League Baseball's most iconic records.
The Braves, incidentally, wound up winning the game in the ninth.