Barry Lamar Bonds born on July 24, 1964, in Riverside California to Bobby Bonds and Patricia Howard would go on to become a baseball legend. Bonds is the son of Major League outfielder Bobby Bonds who is the distant cousin of baseball Reggie Jackson. Bobby Bonds is also the godson of legendary Willie Mays. It was in 1986 when Bonds first began his career with the Pittsburg Pirates. In 1993, he joined the San Francisco Giants. However, Bonds made history when he broke Hank Aaron’s all-time Major League Baseball record of 755 home runs on August 7, 2007.
While he was playing for the San Francisco Giants, Bonds proved to be a great hitter and he started to break records. It was in 2001 when Bonds hit 73 home runs just right after Mark McGwire who had hit 70 home runs. During that time Bonds was accused of taking steroids which he denied. Despite allegations against him Bobby still continued to advance in his career.
Furthermore, Bonds had set a Major League record for walks with 177. Among the National Leaguers, Bonds had finished fourth in RBI and seventh in batting average at (.328). In 2001, Bonds utilizes a short but powerful stroke which allowed him to hit his 500th career home run early in the season.
In 2002, Bonds began the season with 567 home runs and 484 stolen bases. Bonds was the only player in history to have 400 career home runs and 400 stolen bases. Bonds only needed 16 to exceed his own expectation of 500 career home runs and 500 stolen bases.
Despite the death of Barry Bond’s father in 2003, he still remained strong at-bat. In 2003 he hit 45 home runs and eventually won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Unfortunately, his career was destroyed by accusations of steroid use.