Barry Bonds is one of the most familiar names in the baseball world. For 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, Barry played professional baseball as a left fielder.
He has left an outstanding legacy for the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The seven-time National League’s MVP award winner got an exceptional hitting skill and was always in the top five hitters in 12 of his 17 qualifying seasons.
Some people prefer to call him “King of home runs” due to his record of most career home runs, 762. However, the name is not official.
Although this may be true that his accomplishments are questioned due to the allegations of performance-enhancing drugs. But the man’s career was a gem in baseball history.
Some may claim that he acquired the talent in his genes as his father, Bobby Bonds, a legendary player.
But his story of polishing the skills he inherited is worth reading. So without further ado, let’s begin with the quick facts.
|Full Name||Barry Lamar Bonds|
|Birth Date||July 24, 1964|
|Birth Place||Riverside, California, U.S.|
|Nickname||The Asterisk, The Hormone King|
|Education||Junipero Serra (San Mateo, California)
Arizona State University
|Father’s Name||Bobby Lee Bonds|
|Mother’s Name||Patricia Howard|
|Siblings||Two Brother and a Sister|
|Brothers||Bobby Bonds, Jr.
|Age||57 Years Old|
|Height||6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lbs)|
|Eye colour||Dark Brown|
|Profession||Baseball Player (former)
|Playing Position||Left Fielder|
|Active years (Senior Career)||1986-2007|
|Teams||Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-92)
San Francisco Giants (1993-2007)
|Ex-Wives||Susan Margreth Branco (m. 1988-1994), Liz Watson (m. 1998-2010)|
|Children||Two with Susan
One with Liz
|Net Worth||$100 million|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
|Merch||Rookie Cards, Signed Jersey|
|Last Update||May, 2022|
Barry Bonds: Early Life, Family, and Education
Born in Riverside, California, Barry is the son of Patricia Howard and Bobby Bonds. His father, Bobby, is a Major League Baseball legend.
Barry played baseball, basketball, and football at his young age while attending Junipero Serra High School. He played for the junior and senior teams for his high school team.
The San Francisco Giants were interested in him and drafted him in the 1982 MLB draft.
But the agreement could not happen as Bonds’ demand of $75,000 did not reach. Consequently, Bonds decided to continue his education and joined Arizona State University.
Barry Bonds: College Career
During his early days in college, Barry batted .347 with 45 home runs and 175 runs batted in.
The ratings increased to .368 on average two years later, and he hit 23 home runs with 66 RBIs. These statistics made him an All-American selection by Sporting News.
Barry had seven consecutive hits in the College World Series in his second year at college, a tied NCAA record.
Regardless of his incredible on-field performance, his teammates did not like him because of his rude and self-centred nature.
In his college career, he played in the amateur Alaska Baseball League once with the Alaska Goldpanners. Besides, he received ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player.
Barry Bonds: Professional Career
Bonds was in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ MLB draft of 1985. He played in the Carolina League with the Prince William Pirates and was Player of the Month in July 1985.
Later, he also joined Hawai Islanders in Pacific Coast League.
Bonds made his debut in MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30, 1986. In his first year, he played in the centre and started playing left field a year later.
Bonds started dragging fans towards the club with 25 home runs, 32 stolen bases, and 59 RBIs in his second year.
In 1989, he started playing regularly in the main line-up. He finished the season with the league’s second-highest record of 19 homers, 58 RBIs, and 14 outfield assists.
His first MVP came in 1990, with Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. In the National League East title-winning season, he hit .301 with 33 home runs and 114 RBIs.
Barry won his second MVP award in the 1992 season, hitting .311 with 34 home runs and 103 RBIs.
Pittsburgh won the National League East title in the season. However, he could not impress his fans and journalists. He was once called “Most Despised Pirate.”
San Francisco Giants
Bonds signed a six-year contract worth then-record $43.75 million with the San Francisco Giants in 1993.
It is the same club his father played the first seven years of his career and his godfather. Willie Mays spent 22 MLB seasons.