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Bonds passes Aaron as home run king, but not without controversy
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2007 11:23 PM CDT
San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds reacts after hitting his 756th career home run in the fifth inning of their baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, Tuesday, August 7, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds became Major League Baseball's all-time leading home run hitter last night, brushing aside Hank Aaron's vaunted record with a 435-foot solo shot to right center in the bottom of the 5th. Bonds 756th came off a 3-2 pitch from Nats starter Mike Bacsik—whose father denied Aaron his 756th home run in 1976.

Both Aaron and commissioner Bud Selig were conspicuously absent from AT&T Park tonight, though Aaron appeared in a congratulatory video, and Selig sent an envoy to the celebration that began as soon as Bonds crossed home plate—one unavoidably muted by a feeling that the milestone is tainted with Bonds' alleged steroid use. Bonds also singled and doubled against Washington.