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Bobby Bonds Used Jackie Robinson as a Source of Strength to Get Through Baseball’s Segregation

HomeRadio Baseball CardsBobby Bonds Used Jackie Robinson as a Source of Strength to Get Through Baseball’s Segregation

Bobby Bonds played minor league baseball in the south when he was the only black player on the team. It wasn’t an easy time for him, but to get past his mental/emotional issues of segregation in those days was to find inspiration in Jackie Robinson’s battles and what he had to go through just to play baseball in the Majors.

Bobby and Barry Bonds are part of the most prolific home run hitting father/son combination in the history of baseball hitting 1,094 combined. In second place is Ken Griffey Sr. & Jr, who hit a combined 782 round-trippers.

 

Bobby Bonds
Right fielder
Born: March 15, 1946
Riverside, California
Died: August 23, 2003 (aged 57)
San Carlos, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 1968, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1981, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .268
Home runs 332
Runs batted in 1,024
Stolen bases 461
Teams
Career highlights and awards

This episode originally aired August, 1987.

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