On Oct. 7, 2001, Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 73rd and final home run of the season, a record that stands today. He also shattered the slugging percentage record that Babe Ruth owned for 81 years. Bonds finished with a slugging percentage of .863, easily surpassing the .847 that Ruth set in 1920.
Here’s a look at some other major sports highlights that happened on Oct. 7.
1916 – Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland 222-0 in the most lopsided college football game in history.
1970 – Willie Shoemaker wins his 6,033rd race to pass Johnny Longden as the winningest jockey. He won his first race in 1949.
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1984 – Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown’s career rushing mark of 12,312 yards and Brown’s career mark of 58 100-yard rushing games in a 20-7 victory over New Orleans. Payton breaks the record on Chicago’s second play from scrimmage in the second half.
1985 – Lynette Woodard, captain of the basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, is chosen as the first woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
1992 – Chris Kontos scores four goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning win their NHL debut, 7-3 over the Chicago Blackhawks.
1995 – Coach Eddie Robinson gets his 400th victory, as Grambling beats Mississippi Valley State 42-6.
2000 – Zamir Amin of Menlo College sets an NCAA all-divisions record, passing for 731 yards in the Division III school’s 37-32 loss to Cal Lutheran. Amin, 39-of-66 with four TDs and three interceptions, breaks the mark of 716 set by David Klingler of Division I-A Houston against Arizona State on Dec. 2, 1990.
2001 – San Diego’s Rickey Henderson becomes the 25th player with 3,000 hits with a bloop double in a 14-5 loss to Colorado.
2007 – Houston’s Kris Brown becomes the third kicker in NFL history to hit three field goals from beyond 50 yards in a game. His last is a career-long, 57-yard game-winner in a 22-19 victory over Miami.
2012 – Drew Brees finishes 29 for 45 for 370 yards with four TD passes and an interception in New Orleans’ 31-24 win over San Diego. Brees breaks the NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game. His 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipses the mark of 47 consecutive games set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60.
2012 – The 49ers amass a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3. San Francisco also become the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing.