In his 19 year career, Barry Bonds had a long list of accomplishments, including: 14 All-Star appearances, 8 Gold Glove Awards, 7 National League MVP Awards, and 3 National League Hank Aaron Awards. These awards would more than solidify Bonds as a MLB great, but they are not his greatest achievement.
On this day, August 7th, in 2007, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record with his 756th Homer at AT&T Park in Washington. Bonds had tied Aaron’s record three days prior against the San Diego Padres and baseball followers eagerly anticipated his next homer. Bonds was able to take the home run record at the age of 43.
Bonds would go on to hit an additional six home runs that season, bringing his career total to 762. Bonds retired that year as the all-time home run leader. The closest active player to Bonds’ record is Alex Rodriguez with 629 homers at the end of the 2011 season.