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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Bonds debut a real grand slam
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
June 25, 1968
Bobby Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits a grand slam in his first major league game, the first player to accomplish the feat in the 20th century.
Bonds, who had been leading the Pacific Coast League with a .367 average when he was called up yesterday, starts in right field and is batting seventh against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After grounding out and being hit by a pitch in his first two plate appearances, the 22-year-old Bonds makes history with his slam over the left-field fence at Candlestick Park off reliever John Purdin in the sixth inning of the Giants' 9-0 victory.
"I had three grand slams in a month at Phoenix, and this is the fourth one in six times (at the plate) this season," says Bonds.
He is the first player to belt a grand slam in his major league debut in 70 years. In 1898, William Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies accomplished the feat in his very first at-bat.
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