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10/5/01: Barry Bonds Becomes Single-Season HR King

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October 5, 2001: Los Angeles Dodgers 1 at San Francisco Giants 10, F -- On a cool night by the Bay, Barry Bonds capped a season of unmatched brilliance by taking possession of baseball's most hallowed single-season record. With three games to play, Bonds had already matched Mark McGwire's 1998 standard by collecting HR 70 in Houston the night before. Back home, Bonds didn't make the packed house at Pac Bell Park wait very long - in his first at-bat against Dodger right-hander Chan Ho Park, Bonds blasted his 71st homer 440 feet into the seats in right-center to set a new standard. Barry followed with a second circuit clout in the third inning and followed that up two days later with his 73rd on the season's last day. When the dust had settled, Bonds had not only broken the HR record, but he had also eclipsed Babe Ruth's 81-year-old record for slugging percentage - .863 to the Babe's formerly immortal mark of .849 - and the Babe's 78-year-old walks record, finishing with 177.moreless

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