» June 25, 1968: San Francisco rookie Bobby Bonds becomes the 2nd player to debut with a grand slam, as Ray Sadecki blanks the Dodgers 90. Bonds does it on his 3rd at bat. The only other player to hit a grand slam in his first major league game was William Duggleby of the Philadelphia Nationals, who achieved the feat in 1898.
» March 13, 1969: In addition to this year's lower mound and tightened strike zone, the majors try an experiment ball with 10% more resiliency for a spring training game between the Mets and Tigers in Lakeland. It has an all-rubber center instead of a cork and rubber core, and the seams are higher than the regular ball. The Mets' Don Cardwell surrenders three homers in the 4th to Dick McAuliffe, Norm Cash, and Gates Brown in the Tigers' 7-4 win. Tomorrow, in Phoenix, the same ball is used in the Giants 131 win over the Angels, with Bobby Bonds hitting the only two homers (off George Brunet). The players agree the ball is definitely livelier and sounded louder coming off the bat.
» April 29, 1969: San Francisco's hit-by-pitch specialist Ron Hunt ties the major-league record when nailed three times by Cincinnati pitchers. A Bobby Bonds home run in the 13th seals it for San Francisco 43.
» August 5, 1969: Consecutive home runs in the 5th by Dave Marshall, Ron Hunt, and Bobby Bonds highlight the first of two San Francisco wins at Philadelphia. SF wins, 62, then win the second game, 53, to regain first place in the National League West by one-half game.
» August 26, 1969: Willie McCovey drives in six runs with homer #40, a grand slam, a sac fly and a single, while Bobby Bonds drives in another five as the Giants bomb the Phils 134. The win is the Giants 6th in a row and they keep their half game lead in the National League West. McCovey's slamhis 2nd of the yearis his career 10th and his six RBIs ups his season total to 106. Gaylord Perry (16-10) is the winner.
» September 13, 1969: Bobby Bonds becomes the 4th 30-homer, 30-steal player in ML history, but the Reds beat the Giants 64. His 32nd steal, on August 13th, erased Willie Mays's SF record of 31.
» September 22, 1969: Willie Mays joins Babe Ruth in the 600-homer club with a blast off Mike Corkins, while batting for rookie George Foster. Bobby Bonds sets a major-league record with his 176th strikeout, as San Francisco beats San Diego 42.
» September 14, 1971: The Dodgers beat the first-place Giants 65 to climb within one game of first place in the National League Western Division. Bobby Bonds has two homers for SF, but Manny Mota's pinch hit double in the 9th drives in three runs.
» November 20, 1971: TSN announces Gold Glove fielding teams. Among newcomers are OF Amos Otis in the AL and Bobby Bonds in the NL.
» May 2, 1972:
The Mets Gary Gentry fires a two hitter at the Giants in winning 42, and Bobby Bonds collects both hits. Both are triples.
» May 31, 1972: Giants RF Bobby Bonds makes a rare unassisted DP in the 4th inning of a 54 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings. Manny Mota's triple drives in the winner.
» May 1, 1973: With two outs in the 9th inning and Chris Speier on 1B, the Giants, trailing 81, score an NL-record tying seven times to beat the Pirates 87. Chris Arnold's pinch grand slam is the big blow, along with Bobby Bonds' bases-loaded double.
» June 20, 1973:
Bobby Bonds leads off with a home run, but the Giants lose 75 to the Reds. It is Bonds's 22nd leadoff home run, breaking Lou Brock's National League record.
» May 15, 1974: At Riverfront Stadium, Reds pitcher Roger Nelson has his no-hitter broken up by Bobby Bonds, who clubs a 2-run homer in the 8th. Chris Speier homers in the 9th for the other Giants hit and Nelson finishes with a 43 win.
» October 22, 1974: The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to the Yankees and Bobby Murcer heads to San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York, hitting 32 home runs and stealing 32 bases, before leg injuries slowed him. Murcer swore he would never forgive the Yankees for trading him, but later he will relent when the Yanks reacquire him.
» December 11, 1975: In two separate deals, the Yankees acquire pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for P Doc Medich; OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa from the Angels for OF Bobby Bonds. Randolph will hold down 2B for a decade while Rivers will provide fine CF. Medich will go 811 before being traded.
» April 3, 1976: Angels Bobby Bonds suffers a fractured finger during an exhibition game with the Dodgers. After 99 painful games, Bonds will have surgery on August 9th.
» May 11, 1977:
Frank Tanana applies the calcimine in California's 60 win over Baltimore and teammates Bobby Bonds, Don Baylor, and Ron Jackson provide the offense with consecutive homers in the 2nd inning.
» December 5, 1977: The White Sox trade C Brian Downing and pitchers Chris Knapp and Dave Frost to the Angels for outfielders Bobby Bonds and Thad Bosley, and minor league P Rich Dotson.
» May 16, 1978: The White Sox trade OF Bobby Bonds to the Rangers for OF Claudell Washington and OF Rusty Torres.
» May 3, 1979: Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run, against Moose Haas, in a 61 loss to Milwaukee. He has 413 SBs at the time and becomes the 2nd player, after Willie Mays, to have 300 SBs and 300 home runs.
» December 7, 1979: The Cardinals trade OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Denny to the Indians for OF Bobby Bonds. The Tigers swap OF Ron LeFlore to the Expos for P Dan Schatzeder.
» June 13, 1980:
Vida Blue pitches the Giants to a 31 win over the Mets, and Milt May hits franchise homer #9,000 for the Giants. Monte Ward hit homer #1 in 1883, and #8,000 was hit by Bobby Bonds on September 4, 1971.
» June 4, 1981: In his first game for the Cubs, Bobby Bonds trips on a seam in the field carpet at Three Rivers Stadium and breaks a bone in his right hand. Bonds goes on the 21-day DL.
» June 4, 1986:
Pirates OF Barry Bonds, the son of former ML star Bobby Bonds, goes 4-for-5 with his first ML home run (off Craig McMurtry) as Pittsburgh whips Atlanta 123.
» July 5, 1989: Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh's 64 loss to the Giants, giving Barry and father Bobby Bonds the ML father-and-son home run record with 408. The Bells (Gus Bell and Buddy Bell) and the Berras (Yogi Berra and Dale Berra) had shared the record of 407.
» October 13, 1992: The Pirates even the NLCS at three games apiece with a 134 rout of the Braves. Tim Wakefield wins his 2nd game of the series. Bobby Bonds and Lloyd McClendon each have two hits in Pittsburgh's 8run 2nd inning to tie a playoff record.
» April 27, 1996:
Barry Bonds hits two homers, the 300th and 301st of his career, then with the Giants leading 61, he is tossed out of the game for disputing a 6th-inning, 3rd-strike call. Bonds is only the 4th major leaguer to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases, joining his father Bobby Bonds, his godfather Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson. Bonds Sr. is the first base coach today, filling in for Jim Davenport, while Dawson, playing left field for the Marlins, has the best view of the two homers. Mark Leiter (23) allows six hits for the 63 win, with Rod Beck getting the final out.
» May 16, 2001:
Rickey Henderson leads off with a home run, extending his major-league record for leadoff home runs to 79. This more than twice the total for the #2 and #3 players on the list: Brady Anderson (44), and Bobby Bonds (35).