From Atlanta: In the middle of a parking lot, a tribute to history
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
Jun 15, 2012 | 3:25 PM
Across from Turner Field, the home of the Braves, a parking lot sits on the old site of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The concrete outer facade of the stadium is still there, and there is brick to outline of the old field. Metal squares show where the bases were.
But for the most part it's just concrete and white lines -- except for where left field used to be. It looks a little weird, abruptly popping out of the lot, but it's a tribute to one of the greatest moments in baseball history.
It's a monument to mark where Hank Aaron hit his record-breaking 715th career home run on April 8, 1974. A piece of the original outfield fence is still there, with the concrete backdrop labeling the spot.
Yes, it's in the middle of a parking lot, but it's a unique piece of baseball history. I wasn't even born when Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record, but the highlight of that home run is one of the most memorable baseball moments in my mind. Anyone who loves the game should see this monument when they're in Atlanta.