Giants Call On Bonds To Perk Up Lineup

Filed under San Francisco Giants
June 25, 1968

The San Francisco Giants dipped into their well-heeled minor league system shortly before the All-Star Break and came up with outfielder Bobby Bonds and infielder Bob Schroder. The Giants made room for Schroder by selling 41-year-old relief pitcher Bill Henry to the Pirates in a straight cash deal believed to be about $25,000.

Bonds paid immediate dividends for the Giants with a pair of RBI singles in a 7-0 victory over Claude Osteen and the Dodgers. Bonds joined the club from Phoenix (Pacific Coast) where he was hitting .367. He donned uniform No. 25, the one that belonged to Ollie Brown. The 22-year-old, 6-1, 190-pound Bobby Lee Bonds, a native of Riverside, Calif., comes from an athletic family. His sister, Rosie, was a member of the 1964 Olympic team, and his brother, Robert V., played pro football for the Kansas City Chiefs. Bobby was the California State long-jump champion at 25 feet, 3 inches, and ran 100 yards in 9.5 and the 220 in 21 seconds. He was named California athlete of the year in 1964.

Schroder, 24, was called upon because the injury jinx still persists among the veterans. The latest casualty was infielder Nate Oliver. When the Giants returned from Pittsburgh, Oliver requested permission to fly home to Los Angeles. The request was granted and the last the Giants heard, Pee Wee was in the hospital recovering from an upset stomach.

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