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Giants to retire No. 25 of home run king Bonds

The Associated Press

Barry Bonds waves to fans during an event before a San Francisco Giants game in April 2003.

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Home run king Barry Bonds will have his No. 25 jersey retired this August by the San Francisco Giants when his former Pittsburgh Pirates are in town.

The Giants announced Tuesday they would hold a ceremony to honor the former slugger and seven-time NL MVP on Aug. 11.

He will become only the 12th player from the New York or San Francisco Giants to have his number retired.

Bonds, now 53 and an adviser in the club’s front office, broke Hank Aaron’s home run record with No. 756 on Aug. 7, 2007. He finished his 22-year big league career that season with 762 homers and under a cloud of steroids allegations.

On the 10th anniversary of his record-breaking blast, Bonds said he wished he could have played one more season with San Francisco and believes he might have reached 800 homers.

“I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season,” Bonds said. “As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans are a part of my family. Growing up, Candlestick Park was my home away from home, and it is where my dad and godfather Willie [Mays] played.”

Bonds joins an elite list of Giants to receive the distinction: Orlando Cepeda (30), Juan Marichal (27), Mays (24), Willie McCovey (44) and Gaylord Perry (36) with San Francisco. Members of the New York Giants were Bill Terry (3), Mel Ott (4), Carl Hubbell (11) and Monte Irvin (20). Christy Mathewson and John McGraw were honored despite playing before numbers were on uniforms.

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