Prince Albert smokes 500

Prince Albert vaporises number 500 in Washington . . .

Prince Albert vaporises number 500 in Washington . . .

This set between the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Nationals was supposed to be about Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper. On Monday night they went a combined 2-for-8 with no runs scored or driven in; on Tuesday night, Harper went 0-for-4 and Trout 1-for-5 with two runs scored. And Trout needed Albert Pujols to get those two scored on a night Pujols had a feeling he was about to swing his way into history.

Forty years ago, Hank Aaron’s hard-earned honour

Aaron becomes baseball's king of swing . . .

Aaron becomes baseball’s king of swing . . .

It really has been forty years since Hank Aaron laid waste to Al Downing’s 1-0 service and Babe Ruth’s career home run record. Forty years since Milo Hamilton’s immortal holler, through the din of Fulton County Stadium, “There’s a new home run champion of all time, and it’s Henry Aaron!” Forty years since Aaron rounded the bases, accepting handshakes from every Dodger infielder, and plunged into a crowd at home plate that included, somehow, and much to his surprise, his mother. Forty years since Vin Scully, the Dodgers’ broadcaster whose team had just become the victim as Aaron swung into history, purred inimitably: