House and Hank Aaron were both members of the Braves in 1974, the season when Aaron broke Babe Ruth 's record for career home runs . Aaron hit the record-setting 715th home run in the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers , on April 8, 1974, against pitcher Al Downing . The ball landed in the Braves' bullpen in left-center field, where it was caught on the fly by House. Bill Buckner , then the Dodgers' left fielder, climbed to the top of the fence and begged House for the ball. The game stopped to celebrate the achievement, and after sprinting to the infield, House presented the ball to Aaron at home plate. His only payment was a TV given by a local store.  Photos of House catching and presenting the ball are often included in displays honoring Aaron's achievement, such as the one at the Baseball Hall of Fame.