…and so comes to an end the ‘Steroid Era’. Twenty years from now there will be a little kid visiting the Hall of Fame looking at bats used by Babe Ruth, jerseys worn by Willie Mays, and gloves worn by Cal Ripken Jr. and to the side there will be a baseball hit by a man named Barry Bonds.
I cannot wait to see the father’s face when the boy asks his father why there is a star on the ball.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has taken possession of the baseball hit by Barry Bonds for his 756th career home run tonight, after the owner of the baseball, Marc Ecko, had the artifact delivered by private vehicle tonight at approximately 7:45 p.m.
A letter from Mr. Ecko stating his intention to unconditionally donate the baseball to the Museum accompanied the baseball, which was hit by Barry Bonds for his 756th career home run on Aug. 7, 2007, at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
“As we previously stated today, we are very happy to receive the baseball as a donation, and not as a loan, as previously declared by Mr. Ecko. We look forward to adding this ball to our permanent collections here in Cooperstown,” said Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education.
The baseball will be displayed in Cooperstown following the Museum’s documentation process.