Barry Bonds has joined baseball's elite 30-30 club, becoming only the eighth National Leaguer to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in one season.
In doing so Wednesday, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Bobby Bonds, and the NL's first 30-30 player, Barry's godfather, Willie Mays."My dad talked to me about what is my biggest goal," Barry said. "I said obviously it's to get to the Hall of Fame. But the father-son combination 30-30 mark ... is something very special."
They are the only father and son to accomplish the feat.
"I just wanted to put him and me in a class by ourselves, something that nobody else would ever be able to accomplish," Barry said. "That's what I really wanted to happen, and it has."
Bobby Bonds, a major league outfielder for 14 years and a teammate of Mays, reached the 30-30 milestone five times.
As godson to Mays, Barry wears No. 24, the number of the New York-San Francisco Giants great who reached the 30-30 milestone in 1956 and 1957. The first member of the 30-30 club was Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns in 1922 when he led the American League with 39 homers and stole 37 bases.
Barry hit his 30th and 31st homers and Doug Drabek became the NL's first 20-game winner as the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs 8-7.