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Barry Bonds Hits No. 715, Passing Babe Ruth

Barry Bonds has hit his 715th career home run today, passing Babe Ruth for 2nd place. He’s still an almost unimaginable 40 behind Hank Aaron, however.

Barry Bonds stands alone at No. 715.

He hit the milestone home run with a two-run shot to center field Sunday, moving past Babe Ruth into sole possession of second place on the career list behind Hank Aaron. Bonds homered off Colorado’s Byung-Hyun Kim and in front of his home fans — where he wanted to do it all along — and before the San Francisco Giants headed on a road trip. The ball glanced off a fan’s hands about 15 rows up and then dropped onto an elevated platform beyond the fence. The souvenir sat there for a few minutes before rolling off the roof to an unidentified man waiting for a hot dog, and he was quickly ushered away by security. Bonds circled the bases as streamers fell from the upper deck.


Bonds connected at 2:14 p.m. in the fourth inning, then immediately raised his arms and clapped his hands together before beginning his historic trot. Kim became the 421st different pitcher to surrender a home run to the 41-year-old slugger — yet another meaningful drive Kim has given up, having allowed a pair of monstrous World Series homers in 2001.


This is the first time in nearly 85 years that Ruth hasn’t been in the top two on the career home run list, according to David Vincent of the Society for American Baseball Research. He passed Sam Thompson to move into second on June 20, 1921, when he hit his 127th career home run.

Until he missed most of last season due to injury and came back this year a shadow of what he’d been in 2004, it seemed inevitable that Bonds would pass Aaron. Another 40 homers to tie and 41 to break the 755 mark now seems almost unthinkable, however. It would likely require Bonds to play the rest of this season and all of next season on his horribly battered knees.

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