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Bonds plaque vanishes in San Francisco

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 24 2013 09:36:28 AM CDT
Barry Bonds of San Francisco Giants celebrating

Mike Blake/Reuters

Even in retirement, Barry Bonds remains tied to baseball intrigue.

The latest controversy occurred when the marker commemorating Bonds' record-breaking 756th career home run disappeared from AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Giants announced that they are studying surveillance tapes from the past week in an effort to figure out what happened.

The six-foot marker was mounted on a brick wall beyond the fence in right-center field.

Bonds hit 586 of his 762 career homers in a Giants uniform, playing in San Francisco from 1993-2007. In 2001, he hit a single-season-record 73 home runs. Bonds spent 1986-92 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

His career ended under a shroud of controversy due to his connections with the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes.

Bonds is appealing a federal conviction on an obstruction-of-justice charge that was related to his denial of involvement with illegal drugs. He was acquitted on other charges.