Georgia State University is moving ahead with plans to build a baseball stadium and a softball field on the site of the now-demolished Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium – the place where Aaron hit homerun 715 that broke Babe Ruth’s record. That stadium also hosted the Atlanta Braves when they won their only World Series in 1995.
“We want to honor the history,” said said Charlie Cobb, GSU’s director of athletics, who added the memorial for Aaron would include the famous statue of him in the middle of the homerun swing that made history as well as the 715-marker with other tributes to the baseball legend.
On the day Aaron died, President Becker issued the following statement:
“No sports figure has stood taller in Atlanta than Hank Aaron, the greatest home run hitter in the history of Major League Baseball. He is a sports legend, was a pillar of the Atlanta community and needs to be remembered as a first-class human being who displayed dignity in everything he did. Georgia State will proudly immortalize him at the baseball stadium we will construct on the site of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. I extend my deepest sympathies to Billye Aaron and the Aaron family.”
Cobb said the baseball and softball stadiums are “the next piece of the puzzle” in Georgia State’s quest to create an athletic campus that included the repurposing of Turner Field into the home of GSU’s football team and has been renamed Center Parc Stadium.
On Sunday, a steady pilgrimage of Aaron admirers went to the 715-marker to place flowers and keepsakes in his honor. They walked across a large area of asphalt to get to the place where history was made on April 8, 1974.