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1996: Bonds bashes, runs into history


Barry Bonds is one of only three players to achieve 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one season.

The '90s cannot be mentioned without Barry Bonds. As his nine All-Star selections, eight Rawlings Gold Glove awards and three MVP trophies during that decade attest, this future Hall of Famer's performance at the plate and in the field ranked among baseball's elite. But it was his combination of raw speed and power that made him a threat at the plate and on the basepaths. Named "Player of the Decade" by The Sporting News, Bonds struck fear in pitchers and catchers alike.

On April 27, 1996, Bonds became the fourth member of the prestigious 300-300 Club, launching his 300th and 301st home runs off Florida Marlins starter John Burkett en route to a 6-3 win at Candlestick Park. With the blasts, Bonds became one of only four players in Major League history to hit more than 300 home runs and steal more than 300 bases. (He swiped his 300th base two years prior.) Other members of this exclusive club include: Willie Mays (660 HR, 338 SB), Andre Dawson (436 HR, 314 SB) and his late father, Bobby Bonds (332 HR, 461 SB).

That year, Bonds also became only the second player to join the 40-40 Club (Jose Canseco was the other member; they have since been joined by Alex Rodriguez), knocking in 42 homers and nabbing 40 bases. All told, Bonds has had five seasons with 30 or more round-trippers and stolen bases.

But Bonds didn't stop there. On Aug. 23, 1998, he became the founding member of the 400-400 Club, clubbing his 400th dinger off Florida's Kirt Ojala. The solo shot made him the first player to reach 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases. He had stolen base No. 400 on July 26, 1997, against the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of the home crowd at the 'Stick.

After tallying his 500th career homer on April 17, 2001, Bonds established the 500-500 Club when he swiped his 500th base on June 23, 2003.


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