Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Baseball
Over two weeks ago before taking a short vacation to escape the heat and humidity of Florida, I saw the Barry Bonds home run that tied Henry Aaron. That same day Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run and all those fans with steroid anxiety suddenly discovered a new hero. Even before Bonds had officially passed Aaron, A-Rod became the Great Clean Hope who would surpass "Mr. Bonds," as Bud Selig so warmly called him, and bring the home run crown back to the kind of people who hold it by divine fiat. The next day Tom Glavine won his 300th game, becoming only the fifth left-hander and the twenty-third member of that exclusive club. Two days later back in San Francisco Barry Bonds hit the home run that put him ahead of Henry Aaron in the record books, if not in the hearts of all Americans.
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College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "Baseball milestones: Barry, Alex, and Tom" (2007). On Sport and Society. 751.