With week to go, bids for 700 HR ball soar

Updated: October 26, 2004, 10:18 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bidding for Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball has been feverish with the top bid exceeding $700,000 Wednesday night with a week still remaining in the online auction.

The ball has been placed on an auction site at Overstock.com through Oct. 27. Bids reached $728,424 by Wednesday night. There had been 227 bids so far.

Steve Williams got the ball after a scramble in the left-center field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17. Timothy Murphy has sued Williams, saying he should get the ball because he had it locked behind his knees while at the bottom of a scrum before Williams swiped it.

A judge refused to hold up the sale, freeing Williams to sell it. Attorneys for Murphy said they are continuing with their suit.

Bonds became the first member of the 700-homer club in 31 years, joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. He now has 703 career home runs, trailing only Ruth (714) and Aaron (755).

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press