This Day In Sports History (October 5th) – Barry Bonds
It was on this day in 2001 that Barry Bonds hit his 71st home run of the season. Bonds broke the record, which was previously set by Mark McGwire three years earlier in 1998.
Barry Bonds’ 2001 season was one of the greatest statistical seasons by an individual player in Major League history, as he broke several records. In addition to the single season home run record, Barry hit 39 home runs before the All-Star break, drew 177 walks and had an .863 slugging percentage, all Major League records. He was named to the All-Star team for the tenth time, won the Hank Aaron award and was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for the first of four consecutive years.
However, all of Bonds’ awards and accomplishments came with controversy, as many believe he achieved these feats with the help of performance enhancing drugs.
Here is Bonds hitting number 71.
Mario Lemieux, NHL – Born October 5th 1965 (age 47) in Montreal, Quebec
Patrick Roy, NHL – Born October 5th 1965 (age 47) in Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Grant Hill, NBA – Born October 5th 1972 (age 40) in Dallas, Texas