Grand Slam Debut

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(June 25, 1968) In the third at-bat of his major league career, San Francisco Giants outfielder Bobby Bonds hit a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher John Purdin.

Bobby Bonds became the first major league player in the Twentieth Century to hit a grand slam home run in his first game.

Bobby Bonds became the first major league player in the Twentieth Century to hit a grand slam home run in his first game.

In the game, the Giants beat the Dodgers 9-0 behind the two-hit pitching of left-hander Ray Sadecki (8-9).

In hitting a bases-loaded home run in his debut game, the 22-year-old Bonds joined Philadelphia Nationals pitcher Bill Duggelby as the only other player to accomplish that feat. Duggelby hit his first-game grand slam in 1898, in his first at-bat.

For his debut game, Bonds went one for three, with the grand slam being his first major league hit. He was hit by a pitch from Dodgers starter Claude Osteen (6-10) in the fifth inning.

Bonds appeared in 81 games during his rookie season, hitting .254 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs. The next year, Bonds was an everyday outfielder for the Giants, hitting .259 with 32 home runs and 90 RBIs. He also led the National League in runs scored in 1969 with 120.

 

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