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Bonds Sets Baseball Homerun Record: 72 - 2001-10-06


San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds has set a new major league baseball single season homerun record. He hit two more Friday night and now has 72, breaking the record of 70 homeruns set by Mark McGwire in 1998.

It was bittersweet moment for Barry Bonds. On the night a Los Angeles Dodgers win eliminated the San Francisco Giants from post-season play, he was honored for a personal achievement in a ceremony emceed by Giants' announcer Jon Miller. "Ladies and Gentlemen, he is the single season home run record owner," said Miller. "Seventy two and counting. He has an .860 slugging percentage. Ladies and gentlemen, Barry Bonds…"

Barry Bonds broke down and cried as he thanked San Francisco fans for their loyalty and he told how he now had to buy a Mercedes Benz for a teammate. "Shawn Dunston, told me I was going to hit 71 homeruns, so I made a stupid bet," he said. "And Shawn Dunston - that Mercedes coupe that I owe you? You got it!"

To honor Barry Bond's achievement, major league baseball and the Giants team contributed $200,000 in his name to the September 11 Terrorist Attack Fund set up by the United Way.

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