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Ruth Museum responds

July 18, 2003

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— The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum expressed disgust Thursday with comments made by San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds about Babe Ruth during the All-Star game festivities.

"To suggest that those feats are somehow capable of 'wiping out' Ruth illustrates a complete disregard for the history and tradition of our national game, and its greatest player and star," Michael L. Gibbons, executive director of the museum, said in a statement.

Gibbons was referring to Bonds' quotes regarding Ruth's place in history.

Bonds said Thursday he meant what he said as a compliment, and that he would consider it a huge accomplishment to pass Ruth.

"Babe Ruth is symbolic of baseball," Bonds said. "If there is a record you want to go after, it's Babe Ruth. Because Babe Ruth is Mr. Baseball, right? ... He's considered the greatest baseball player, and if you want to compare yourself, you want to compare yourself to the greatest player."

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