Long before the “Clear” or the “Creme” were made famous by another player named Bonds, this slugger was bulking up on the natural goodness of Wheaties and lots of sunshine at the park. Young Phil Bonds of the Woodstock Seals is shown here powering the sphere into orbit without the aid of Bantam Growth Hormones.
Back in the days before Barry Lamar Bonds decided to ingest Balco shakes and smear steroid goo all over himself, our friend Phil found other ways to get himself recognition as a power hitter… he hustled. Look at those pants. This lad obviously knew how to play with Willie Mays gusto, probably shredding the knees of his pants on a regular basis while diving after balls and into home plate. Rather than giving her little man a shot in the “keyster” with a hypodermic, Mrs. Bonds got out her sewing needle and stitched up her son’s britches.
PlayBall! salutes Bantam League hero, Phil Bonds, for playing the game the way it was meant to be played! With integrity and dirty pants.