Go ahead, stop and stare at this awesome photo of Hank Aaron taking batting practice

Since we obviously can’t talk about the 12-33 (2-19 at home!) Atlanta Braves, here’s a look back into the archives that you’re sure to enjoy a lot more.

Take a look at the image above, which shows the greatest player in Braves history, Hank Aaron, in the middle of batting practice at the team’s Spring Training in 1974. Just days after this beautiful photo was taken, Aaron would hit his 715th career home run, eclipsing Babe Ruth as the greatest home-run hitter to date.

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The image, posted to the Braves’ Twitter account back in March, was taken at a time when Hammerin’ Hank must have been feeling immense pressure. Sitting at 713 homers, Aaron needed just one more to tie Ruth, and two to break the record.

Just four games into the season, in the fourth inning of a home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Aaron broke the Babe’s record with a blast that cleared the wall in left-center field.

Aaron would play 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, and despite hitting 755 home runs, he never hit more than 47 in a single season. It remains one of the greatest stories of endurance in baseball history.

Photo: Twitter/Atlanta Braves

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