Bobby Bonds

Baseball Player and Coach
Born Mar 15, 1946

Bobby Lee Bonds was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball from 1968 to 1981, primarily with the San Francisco Giants.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Bonds.


1946 Birth Born on March 15, 1946.


1960 14 Years Old His brother, Robert, won two gold medals in the hurdles at the high school track and field state finals in 1960, and was an NFL Draft pick in 1965.
1963 17 Years Old On May 3, 1963, he married the former Patricia Howard. … Read More
1964 18 Years Old In 1964 he was a High School All-American in track & field, while also being named Southern California High School Athlete of the Year. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He hit a grand slam in his third at bat in his first major league game, June 25, 1968, becoming just the second player ever, and the first in MLB's modern era, to hit a grand slam in his debut game. … Read More
1970 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Bonds' 1970 total currently ranks tenth on the all-time single-season strikeout list. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971 he finished fourth in the NL in runs batted in and second in runs, leading the Giants with a .288 average as they won the National League West title, earning their first postseason berth since the 1962 World Series.
1972 26 Years Old In 1972 Bonds scored 118 runs, which was second in the NL (the third straight season he was second in runs scored) and his 26 home runs was ninth in the circuit while his 44 stolen bases was 4th in the league.
1973 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, he placed third in the MVP voting after hitting a career-high 39 home runs, 11 of them to start a game, and leading the league in runs a second time.
1974 28 Years Old After being traded to the New York Yankees after the 1974 season, Bonds became one of the sport's most-traveled figures, playing for seven more teams over seven seasons, with more than one season for only the California Angels (1976–77); in 1977 he tied the Angels club record for home runs in a season (37). … Read More


1981 35 Years Old This prompted a line in the lyrics to Terry Cashman's 1981 hit song "Talkin' Baseball", in which the line in part reads "And Bobby Bonds can play for everyone". … Read More
1984 38 Years Old He was hitting instructor for the Indians from 1984 to 1987, and rejoined the Giants as a coach in 1993 when his son Barry signed with the team as a free agent. … Read More


1989 43 Years Old His eventual record of 35 stood until Rickey Henderson broke it in 1989, and his NL record of 30 was broken by Craig Biggio in 2003.


1996 50 Years Old His single-season mark of 11 was broken by Brady Anderson in 1996. … Read More
2003 57 Years Old Died on August 23, 2003.
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