May 28, 2006


Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with a fourth inning shot off old friend Byung-Hyun Kim of the Rockies. Nice to see he did it in San Francisco.

According to SABR's David Vincent, this is the first time in nearly 85 years that Ruth hasn't been either first or second on the career home run list. (Babe moved into second place back on June 20, 1921, when he passed Sam Thompson with his 127th home run.)

Ruth actually hit (at least) 715 home runs. On July 8, 1918, he hit a 10th-inning, game-winning home run against Cleveland at Fenway Park. But because the game was tied at 0-0 and the runner on first base scored the winning run, the rules at the time reduced Ruth's blast to a triple.

The current Top 10:
Hank Aaron 755
Barry Bonds 715
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Sammy Sosa 588
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Rafael Palmeiro 569
Reggie Jackson 563

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