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Thursday, February 23, 2006

June 4, 1986 -- The Beginning




It began innocently enough. A young Barry Bonds stepped up to the plate against the Atlanta Braves Craig McMurtry and calmly hit his first MLB home run. He was officially on the record books and the race for Hank Aaron had unseemingly begun.

In what at the time appeared to be a completely unrelated story in Indianapolis, Officer Dave L. Sandler was fatally injured when his police motorcycle was hit by a car driven by Kenneth Maar. The headlight of Sandler's motorcycle mysteriously burned out making his bike nearly impossible to see. No arrests were made and any investigation was minimal. A more detailed query into the accident and the day's events might have revealed to investigators the burnout and the subsequent wreck occurred minutes after Barry Bonds' first homerun.

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