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Barry Bonds : baseball's superman
Travers, Steven.
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[Champaign, Ill.] : Sports Publishing LLC, [2002]

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263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman is the biography of the game's first four-time Most Valuable Player. In 2001, Bonds broke the greatest record in sports -- the all-time single season home run record held over the years by Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Mark McGwire -- and, arguably, had the greatest season in baseball history. There is no doubt that for most fans Barry Bonds is a man of mystery. A misunderstood superstar who has long engaged in a running feud with the media, Bonds broke new ground this past season, maturing into an elder statesman of baseball. Long considered the game's best player, Bonds' ascension to greatness has taken him into truly rarefied air. Now a free-agent, he will sign a blockbuster deal before the 2002 season. Whether he's dressed in his familiar Giants uniform or that of another baseball power, Bonds will continue to receive front-page treatment for the balance of his career. The greatest athlete in the world right now, he embarks on milestones -- 3,000 career hits, 755 homers, a World Championship -- that may elevate him to the title Greatest Baseball Player of All Time. Author Steven Travers' book documents the superstar's 2001 campaign as Bonds defied the very bounds of conventional logic and perfected the art of long-ball hitting. Travers also describes Bonds' childhood in Riverside, California, the hometown of his father, Bobby; his successful high school career in the Bay Area, and his All-American career at Arizona State. It will be a book that delves into the intensely private, proud mind and ego of a man who understands baseball history and his place in it.

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Having broken the single-season home-run record last year and gotten off to a charging start this season, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants has established his credentials as one of baseball's all-time greats. Much like his godfather, Willie Mays, Bonds has been the subject of countless articles. Many writers judge him to be incredibly talented but aloof and arrogant. In his gossipy, easy-to-read tale, Travers a former professional baseball pitcher and former sports columnist for the San Francisco Examiner tries to show that Bonds is greatly misunderstood. Travers tends to write about his own experiences as much as those of Bonds as he explores the sports culture that influences this distinguished slugger. Most libraries should have at least one biography of Bonds on the shelves, and until a more authoritative book come along, this light, entertaining volume will do. Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Charles "Wild Thing" Sheen
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Author's Notep. viii
Forewordp. ix
Prologuep. xi
1 "He hits it high. He hits it deep. He hits it outta here."p. 1
2 Prodigyp. 26
3 "He was probably somebody that everybody in the clubhouse wanted to beat up..."p. 50
4 "It's like a dream that's come true for me."p. 69
5 "Son of San Francisco"p. 90
6 The Pacep. 127
7 The Chasep. 177
8 73p. 210
9 Other voicesp. 231
Epiloguep. 249
Barry Bonds' Lifetime Statisticsp. 260