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On this date: Bonds hits his 73rd home run of the season in 2001

Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 73rd home run of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001.
Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 73rd home run of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001. Associated Press file

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.

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.

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