Friday, February 18, 2011

Familiar Faces / Strange Places: Bobby Bonds / Cubs

My original idea for a Bobby Bonds strange places card was to show him on the White Sox. He only played 26 games for the 1978 Sox, so there isn't many photos of him in that uniform. As I was searching, the Sox image I discovered had already been done by my friend Steve at WHITE SOX CARDS. On to my second idea...

Blessed with a dreamy combination of power and speed, his career started with seven solid seasons as a San Francisco Giant. He was touted as "the next Willie Mays" and made two all star teams and won three gold gloves. Then he became a baseball nomad... Following the 1974 season Bonds was traded to the Yankees for Bobby Murcer in the first-ever even swap of $100,000 superstar players. He spent one year in New York before being sent back west, to the Angels for Mickey Rivers and Ed Figueroa. Two seasons later it was the White Sox, followed by the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, and finally 45 games Cubs in 1981. He never came close to being Willie Mays, but he did retire with 332 home runs and 461 steals... and he was also Barry's Dad.


Johngy said...

Great looking card.

White Sox Cards said...

This is a wonderful series, full of great pictures!

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