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Bonds breaks walks record
07/04/2004  6:06 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants star Barry Bonds literally strolled into history Sunday, breaking Rickey Henderson's all-time Major League walks mark with a pair of free passes to give him 2,191 for his career.

Bonds walked to open the sixth inning off Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder and then received the record-setting stroll in the eighth inning from reliever Chad Bradford.

To an ovation, Bonds plucked the first-base bag from its mooring and carried it to the dugout. Later, it was on display in the player's clubhouse cubicle.

"I didn't want it to show up on eBay," Bonds joked after the game, a 9-6 loss to the A's.

For the season, Bonds has been walked 121 times, including 63 intentionally. At this rate, he's likely to break his own single-season records of 198 walks and 68 intentional walks, both established in 2002. He also is the Majors' all-time leader in intentional walks with 547 through Sunday.

The veteran Giant laughed when someone mentioned that Henderson still hasn't officially retired from baseball -- he is playing in an independent league -- and might try to recapture his old record.

 All-Time Walks Leaders
 PlayerTotal
1. Barry Bonds*2,191
1. Rickey Henderson2,190
3. Babe Ruth2,062
4. Ted Williams2,019
5. Joe Morgan1,865
6. Carl Yastrzemski1,845
7. Mickey Mantle1,733
8. Mel Ott1,708
9. Eddie Yost1,614
10. Darrell Evans1,605
 * active             Complete list >

"If Rickey comes back he'll never catch me," said Bonds, who wasn't totally enamored at the walk mark. "It's just another [record]. I'd rather hit, but circumstances are what they are. Proud of it? I haven't really thought about it."

Bonds has received at least one free pass in 62 of 72 contests this season, including 40 multiple-walk games. He has received more intentional passes by himself than any other Major League team, with Philadelphia and St. Louis tied for second with 36 through Sunday's action.

His treks to first base over his career have covered 197,000 feet or 37.3 miles. Bonds has already extended his National League record to 12 seasons with 100 or more walks. Babe Ruth holds the Major League mark with 13.

Ruth is in third place all-time with 2,062 walks, while Ted Williams is fourth (2,019) and Joe Morgan fifth (1,865).

Mel Ott, however, still leads the Giants' all-time walk list with 1,708, with Bonds in second at 1,580.

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