Bonds' 756 Ball Headed to Hall*

Fans vote to mark it with an asterisk over launching it into space
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2007 11:08 AM CDT
Fashion designer Marc Ecko poses with Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in New York. Ecko was the winning bidder in the online auction for the ball from Bonds' 756th career...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run ball will be branded with the asterisk many fans think his record deserves. Fans decided the ball's fate after fashion designer Marc Ecko bought the ball for $752,467, and put it up for vote. The asterisk won out over sending the ball to the Hall of Fame unmarked or launching it into outer space, the AP reports.

Ecko said he was “working with the Hall of Fame,” to enshrine the marked ball. “We’re happy to get it,” the Hall’s president said, stressing that the museum did not necessarily agree with the asterisk’s implication that Bonds reached the record thanks to performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds called Ecko an “idiot” last week when asked about the vote.