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Bonds eyes Bambino

Barry Bonds' climb up the all-time home run list is one of many milestones to watch for next summer.

Originally Published: January 15, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

There are some great races brewing for the 2004 baseball season. The Red Sox against the Yankees. Pete Rose vs. the Hall of Fame voters. As for individual tête-à-têtes, a whopper is looming: Barry Bonds vs. Babe Ruth.

Bonds has 658 career home runs, ending last season just two shy of his godfather, hero and all-around paragon, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time list. The two players left ahead of him would be Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

The 56 total home runs Bonds ...

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