As just shown on the Giants broadcast Bobby Bonds hit a grand slam (it came off John Purdin) in his first MLB game on June 25, 1968.
I was there (guess that means I'm really old).
Ray Sadecki shut the Dodgers out. Of course we know who we traded to get him.
Bonds nearly beat out a routine grounder to short in the same game. And this was during an era when AAA players didn't come up until they proved themselves. We all had heard about Bonds' power and speed, and we saw it all in that first game.
Bobby Bonds was one of my favorite Giants of all-time. His kid wasn't so bad either.
was at that game. what a catch that was. i thought they killed each other.
for the love of god i cannot remeber who hit it. of course i was a tad bit younger. still searching my brain.
I saw that game on TV while at my grandparents house in Diamond Springs. It was an amazing catch by Willie, over the MUCH younger Bonds.
Ever since, that one play has defined the relationship between Mays and Bobby Bonds for me. Bonds might have made the catch, but Willie went out and made it happen.
Thanks for bringing back the memory. For the longest time, I thought it was only special to ME...didn't realize everyone else saw and remembered it....;+)......
It just dawned on me I have that highlight on tape. It was called by Lon Simmons. I'm going to dig it up, but I really do think it was hit by Tolan. Tolan's career essentially ended at a game at the stick when he tore his achilles heel while sprinting to first base and was never the same player again.
I used to tape games galore the morning after on KSFO. Some of my tapes would bring tears to your eyes. They're nothing but Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons highlights. I even have the tape when Hodges announced his retirement and was interviewed on KSFO the next morning. It got to be pretty funny when Russ started to talk about his secret recipe for chili.
keeping searching, please. been racking my brain, calling a couple of buddies asking them if they can remember. sounds like tolan could have been the guy. i do remember when it was hit, i thought it was going to be a triple. so, since tolan was a rabbit, it just might have been him.
thanks for the work.