This Day In Sports History (August 23rd) — Bobby Bonds

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It was on this day in 2003 that former Major Leaguer Bobby Bonds passed away.  Bonds died of complications from lung cancer and a brain tumor at the age of 57.

Bonds was a great leadoff hitter, who had the rare combination of raw power and blazing speed.  In 1969, he became only the fourth player all-time to record a 30-30 season (30 home runs, 30 stolen bases).  Bonds would go on to record four more 30-30 seasons, for a total of five, a feat only matched by his son, Barry.  In 1973, while playing for the San Francisco Giants, Bobby enjoyed his finest season, as he won a gold glove and was selected to his second All-Star game, where he was named as the game’s Most Valuable Player.

After spending his first seven seasons with the Giants, Bonds was traded to the Yankees.  He would play for seven different teams in seven years before retiring after the 1981 season.  Like his son, Barry, Bobby will always be remembered as a San Francisco Giant.

Here is Bobby’s son, Barry, breaking the all-time home run record.

Notable Birthdays

Glenn Healy, NHL – Born August 23rd 1962 (age 51) in Pickering, Ontario

Kobe Bryant, NBA – Born August 23rd 1978 (age 35) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rex Grossman, NFL – Born August 23rd 1980 (age 33) in Bloomington, Indiana

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