Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bobby Bonds (#173)

Received this in person at the Toronto All-Star Fanfest. This autograph is very special to me and among my very favorites.More commonly known now as Barry Bonds father, Bobby was a great player in his own wright. He was a right fielder from 1968-1981 and was the first player to have more than 2 seasons of 30 hr's and 30 stolen bases. Bobby accomplished this 5 times in his career, and he was the first player to do this in both leagues. Bobby became the second player to hit 300 homeruns and steal 300 bases, after Willie Mays. Bobby hit a grand slam in his first major league game, only one of four players to do so, and the first player since Bill Duggleby in 1898. Along with his son Barry, he is part of one the most prolific father-son combinations, holding the record for homeruns, RBI's and stolen bases. He finished his career in 1981 with the Chicago Cubs with an batting average of .268, 332 homeruns, and 461 stolen bases. Bobby died in 2003 at the age of 57 due to complications from lung cancer.

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