I knew I’d have a shot, have a chance. And when that chance came I’d make the most of it.” - Victor Cruz
All you need is one chance.

I knew I’d have a shot, have a chance. And when that chance came I’d make the most of it.” - Victor Cruz

All you need is one chance.

July 15, 1999 - Barry Bonds is walked intentionally for a record 294th time

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The Career Intentional Walks record was re-established every year from 1955 until Hank Aaron retired in 1976, recording 293 Intentional Base on Balls (IBB). Barry Bonds broke the record in the 1999 season, then preceded to obliterate it by 395 walks over the remaining eight years of his career.

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June 23, 2003 - Barry Bonds steals 500th base; he’s the only player to hit 500 HR and steal 500 bases

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Bonds finished his career with 762 HRs and 514 steals.

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Apr. 30, 1961 - Willie Mays hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves

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Alvin Dark was hired to manage the San Francisco Giants before the start of the 1961 season and named Willie Mays team captain. The improving Giants finished 1961 in third place and won 85 games, more than any of the previous six campaigns. Mays had one of his best games on April 30, 1961, hitting four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves in County Stadium. Mays went four for five at the plate and was on deck for a chance to hit a record fifth home run when the Giants’ half of the ninth inning ended. Mays is the only Major Leaguer to have both three triples in a game and four home runs in a game.

"I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don’t have a good life." - Willie Mays

Let go of anger.

"It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What’s tough is being good every day." - Willie Mays

All day. Every day.

Nov. 27, 1966 - The Redskins beat the Giants, 72-41, in the highest-scoring game in NFL history

When the Washington Redskins and New York Giants met in Washington late in the 1966 season, neither team was headed to the playoffs. Actually, far from it as the Giants (team record: 1-8-1) were on their way to the worst season in team history just three seasons after playing for the NFL title. The Redskins (team record: 5-6) were trying to reach .500 for the first time in a decade. What ensued on this late November afternoon was not necessarily one of the best played games in professional football history, but it was a contest filled with more big plays and scoring than any other game in the history of the league.

Led by quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and his three touchdown passes, Washington’s offense accounted for seven of the ten Redskins’ touchdowns while the defense and special teams scored the remaining three. It was a game where both teams set records with 16 touchdowns and 113 total points. The game was played before the introduction of nets behind the goal post causing the loss of fourteen footballs to the stands. Thirteen of the footballs were lost due to extra points, and one was lost by Brig Owens who threw the ball into the crowd after he returned a fumble 62 yards for a score.

Oct. 5, 2001 - Barry Bonds hit his 71st and 72nd home runs, sets single season record

In 2001 Barry Bonds broke not only his own personal records but several major league records. In the Giants’ first 50 games in 2001, Bonds hit 28 home runs, including 17 in May—a career high. This early stretch included his 500th home run hit on April 17 against Terry Adams of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also hit 39 home runs by the All-star break (a major league record), drew a major league record 177 walks, and had a .515 on-base average, a feat not seen since Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams over forty years earlier. Bonds’ slugging percentage was a major league record .863 (411 total bases in 476 at-bats), and, most impressively, he ended the season with a major league record 73 home runs. On October 4, he tied the previous record of 70 set by Mark McGwire (which McGwire set in the 162nd game in 1998) by homering off of Wilfredo Rodríguez in the 159th game of the season. He then hit numbers 71 and 72 the following night off of Chan Ho Park. Bonds added his 73rd off of Dennis Springer on October 7. The ball was later sold to toy manufacturer Todd McFarlane for $450,000. McFarlane previously bought Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1998. Bonds received the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in homers that season.

Oct. 4, 1987 - NFL owners use replacement players to play games despite player’s strike

The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. A 24-day players’ strike reduced the 16-game season to 15.

The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were canceled, but the games for weeks 4–6 were played with replacement players. 85% of the veteran players did not cross picket lines during the strike.

The replacement player teams were given mock names like “Chicago Spare Bears”, “San Francisco Phoney Niners”, “New Orleans Saint Elsewheres”, “Washington ScabSkins”, and “Seattle Sea-scabs”. Final television revenues were down by about 20%, a smaller drop than the networks had expected. The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants went 0-3 in replacement games, ultimately costing them a chance to make the playoffs and repeat their championship.

"Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand." - Wes Westrum

"Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand." - Wes Westrum

Sept. 29, 1954 - Willie Mays makes his famous over the shoulder catch

The Catch refers to a memorable defensive baseball play by Willie Mays on September 29, 1954, during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians at the Polo Grounds in New York on a ball hit by Vic Wertz. The score was tied 2-2 in the top of the 8th inning. Starting pitcher Sal Maglie walked Larry Doby and gave up a single to Al Rosen, putting runners on first and second. Giants manager Leo Durocher summoned left-handed relief pitcher Don Liddle to replace Maglie and pitch to Cleveland’s Wertz, also a left-hander.

Wertz worked the count to two balls and one strike before crushing Liddle’s fourth pitch approximately 420 feet to deep center field. In many stadiums the hit would have been a home run and given the Indians a 5-2 lead. However, this was the spacious Polo Grounds, and Giants center fielder Willie Mays, who was playing in shallow center field, made an on-the-run, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track to make the out. Having caught the ball, he immediately spun and threw the ball, losing his hat in characteristic style. Doby, the runner on second, might have been able to score the go-ahead run had he tagged at the moment the ball was caught; as it was, he ran when the ball was hit, then had to scramble back to retag and only got as far as third base. (Rosen stayed at first on this play.) Liddle was then relieved by Marv Grissom, to which he supposedly remarked “Well, I got my man!” (The next batter walked to load the bases, but the next two batters were retired to end the inning with no runs scored.)

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Aug. 7, 2007 - Bonds hit his 756th home run to break the record held by Hank Aaron since 1974

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The pitch came at 8:51 PM PDT, on a 3-2 count, when Barry Bonds hit a 435 foot home run, his 756th, into the right-center field bleachers breaking the all-time career home run record, formerly held by Hank Aaron. The fan who ended up with the ball, 22-year-old Matt Murphy from Queens, New York (and a Mets fan), was promptly protected and escorted away from the mayhem by a group of San Francisco police officers. After Bonds finished his home run trot, a ten-minute delay followed, including a brief video by Aaron congratulating Bonds on breaking the record Aaron had held for 33 years, and expressing the hope that “the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams.” Bonds made an impromptu emotional statement on the field, with Willie Mays, his godfather, at his side and thanked his teammates, family and his late father. Bonds sat out the rest of the game and was replaced in left field.

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"In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated." - Willie Mays

"In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated." - Willie Mays

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. " - Vince Lombardi

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. " - Vince Lombardi

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