700 Home Run Club Member Moments in a Media Crazy World
Written by Jim Rednour
Saturday, 01 November 2008
The Baseball world has changed a great deal between the time when 700+ home runs were hit by the legendary Babe Ruth, the remarkable Henry Aaron and the comclastic Barry Bonds. But all three were hailed as the greatest power hitter of their era, and all three inspired a superhuman amount of media coverage.
“The Bambino” was the bigger than life baseball star who hit so many home runs and played such a central role in the emergence of baseball as “America’s Game” that no one was ever expected to catch or pass his 714 record.
Legends and Legacy
Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, however, applied a cool confidence, remarkable longevity and blazing bat speed to surpass Ruth and set his own record of 755 home runs that lasted for 33 years.
Barry Bond’s 71st home run single season record
And then there was Barry Bonds. Love him or hate him, baseball fans worldwide couldn’t look away as Barry hit an unprecedented 762 long balls into the outfield seats in ball parks across the nation…not to mention several into the waters of McCovey Bay outside the home off the San Francisco Giants - Pac Bell Park (renamed SBC and most recently AT&T Park). Here’s a look at some of Bonds’ greatest hits: