June 5, 2002
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Barry Bonds hit his 587th home run Wednesday, a grand slam estimated at 482 feet, to take sole possession of fourth place on baseball's career list.
Bonds had been tied with Frank Robinson since hitting No. 586 on Sunday against Colorado.
The homer hit the bottom left side of the scoreboard that sits 29 rows beyond the right-center field wall at Qualcomm Stadium. It was one of the longest homers in the 34-year history of big league ball in San Diego.
Bonds hit the first pitch he saw from rookie Dennis Tankersley, then watched it sail away before beginning his home run trot. His 11th career slam gave the Giants a 4-1 lead.
Bonds has 66 career homers against the Padres, his most against any team, and 34 in San Diego, his most in any road ballpark.
Next on the homer list is Bonds' godfather, Willie Mays, who is third with 660.