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Barry Bonds Hits 56th Home Run

August 27, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Barry Bonds hit his major league-leading 56th home run Monday, becoming the fastest player to reach the mark in major league history.

Bonds connected for his 550th career homer in the fifth inning of San Francisco’s game against the New York Mets. The high drive to right-center field came right after Rich Aurilia homered.

Bonds’ 56th home run came in the Giants’ 131st game. The previous quickest to the mark was Sammy Sosa, who hit his 56th in the Cubs’ 132nd game in 1999.

Bonds hit his first home run at Shea Stadium since May 28, 1995, off Dave Mlicki.

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