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Bobby Lee Bonds
Birth: Mar. 15, 1946
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 2003
San Carlos
San Mateo County
California, USA

Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as an outfielder for fourteen seasons (1968 to 1981) for the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. The father of Giants' superstar slugger Barry Bonds, he came up with the San Francisco in 1968, and established himself as the Giants' starting right fielder for the next six seasons. In his very first game, June 25, 1968, he smacked a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers for his very first Major League hit (to date he is the only player in the 20th Century to have his first hit be a grand slam). After establishing power numbers of 32 Home Runs and 90 RBIs in his first full season (and stealing 45 bases to join the 30-30 club), he would knock in over 70 RBIs and slug 20+ Home Runs over the next seven years, topping with 39 Homers in 1973. In 1971 he made his first of three All-Star Game appearances (and later appearing for the Giants in 1973 and the Yankees in 1975), and helped San Francisco to the National League West Division title. That year saw his only post-season appearance, as the Giants lost to the eventual World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Games to 1. In 1973 he established a National League record with his 22nd lead off home run, but ended the season tailing off into a slump that extended through most of 1974. On October 22, 1974 he was dealt to the Yankees for outfielder Bobby Murcer, and responded to his new League by hitting 32 homers and stealing 30 bases. Despite his success with the Yankees, he was traded in the off season to the Angels for pitcher Ed Figueroa (who would help the Yankees to two World Series titles). During spring training he broke his finger, and would only 99 games before season ending surgery. He returned in 1977 to hit 37 Home Runs and drive in a career high 115 RBIs, but was sent to the White Sox in the off season, who then sent him to the Rangers 26 games into the 1978 campaign. He would play for five teams over the next four years before retiring after the 1981 season, and would slug his 300th Home Run while with the Indians in 1979 (becoming only the second player, after Willie Mays, to have over 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases). His career record was 1,849 Games Played, 1,258 Runs, 1,886 Hits, 332 Home Runs, 914 RBIs, 461 Stolen Bases, and a .268 career Batting Average. He thrice was awarded the Gold Glove for defensive excellence during his career (1971, 1973, 1974). His funeral was held at the Glad Tidings Church in Hayward, California. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 

Cause of death: Brain tumor, lung cancer
 
Burial:
Skylawn Memorial Park
San Mateo
San Mateo County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Aug 23, 2003
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You were and still are our Hero from back in the days at UHJH (Jr High) and Riverside Poly High.We will never forget you.Your Brass Plaque is just above my Fathers at the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. Classmates, Don and Roy.
- Don J. & Roy G.
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