1. The 1974 Topps card #1 was high sought after. Since no one cared about rookie cards back then this was the card everyone wanted in trade.
2. Watching him break Babe Ruth's career home run record was a big deal. I remember almost everything about it except for which family members were in the room. I can still picture that huge television that weighed about as much as a Honda Civic. I can also picture the small portable television that we actually were watching because it sat atop the large television that was never getting fixed. Please refrain from adding a sentence that ends with "you might be a redneck". We just didn't have money.
I know my parents were watching and a few others were occupying the other seats. My brother and I had our usual spots, on the floor or course, where we watching Monday Night Baseball and Monday Night Football. I had gotten a small, cheap tape recorder at some point. I remember sitting close to the television to record the event for future generations. I don't remember ever hearing that recording again so it probably didn't work out so well.