Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

756*

The baseball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron's career home run mark on August 7, 2007 found its way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Back in September 2007, fashion design Marc Ecko purchased the ball in an online auction for $752,467. According to sources, the ball was given to the Hall of Fame as an unconditional donation rather than a temporary loan.

The baseball was branded with an asterisk. The asterisk is Major League Baseball's method of recognizing controversial records. Baseball's first use of an asterisk came after Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run mark in 1961 when he hit 61 homers in 162 games, rather than Ruth's 154-game season. The former Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn, decided to recognize records for 154- and 162-game seasons separately.

Hank Aaron ended his career with 755 home runs. He played for the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers. Barry Bonds, a player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, possibly ended his career with 762 home runs. He also holds the tainted single season records for home runs with 73 in 2001. Bonds is also the highest profile player associated with the BALCO scandal, and was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges for lying under oath regarding his involvement with steroids.


Tags:  baseball
4 Comments
mrsshoo
Oh, the asterisk. I had a student write a really interesting term paper regarding the asterisk. Really, it was about steroids in baseball, but entitled "Asterisk." Anyway, he argued that it was managements' fault players were using steroids because they wanted the big players who could hit the big home runs that fans like. There was clearly more to it than this, but it was a really unique and well-argued essay.
Sarah S.   Wednesday, July 2, 2008
RickMonday
I agree with Mrs. Shoo's student. There is no doubt in my mind that management knew these guys were juicing and let it slide. I have to admit that I enjoyed the Sosa/McGuire home run battle of '98.
RickMonday   Wednesday, July 2, 2008
betsyradish
I thought they couldn't reach a deal and the ball wasn't going to the Hall. Did something happen since Monday?
Betsy   Wednesday, July 2, 2008
billpearch
Yes, a driver delivered the ball to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday on behalf of the owner. Seemed like an set of circumstances though.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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