"If you don’t want to be the best, then there’s no reason going out and trying to accomplish anything." - Joe Montana

Aim for the top!

Aug. 7, 2007 - Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run to break the all-time career HR record, held by Hank Aaron

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The pitch came 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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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.

Apr. 18, 1995 - Joe Montana announced his retirement from the NFL

Joe Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr., and others. Highlights from Montana’s stay with the San Francisco 49ers and interviews with former 49ers teammates were also shown. Bill Walsh served as the MC for the event. Montana’s replacement with the Chiefs was his former backup in San Francisco, Steve Bono. Super Bowl XXX would be dedicated to Montana, who ended the pregame ceremonies with the ceremonial coin toss.

Winning as a team is better than anything. It’s great to share success.” - Jim Harbaugh

Dedicate this to your team.

"Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first. They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live." - Joe Montana

Only way to live.

"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.

Jan. 20, 1985 - Montana and the Niners beat Marino and the Dolphins to win Super Bowl XIX

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The game was hyped as the battle between two great quarterbacks: Miami's Dan Marino and San Francisco's Joe Montana. The Dolphins entered their fifth Super Bowl in team history after posting a 14–2 regular season record. The 49ers were making their second Super Bowl appearance after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The 49ers would defeat the Dolphins by the score of 38–16 to win Super Bowl XIX.

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Jan. 10, 1982 - 49ers’ Joe Montana throws to Dwight Clark for “The Catch”

The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark off a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL history. The game represented the end of Dallas’ domination in the NFC since the conference’s inception in 1970, and the beginning of San Francisco’s rise as both an NFC and Super Bowl power in the 1980s.

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"I’m not worried about what people are saying. If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one." - Colin Kaepernick

Ain’t worried about nothing.

Dec. 17, 2000 - Owens caught an NFL-record 20 passes for a total of 283 yards and a TD

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Terrell Owens of the San Francisco 49ers had a record-breaking day with 20 catches for 283 yards in a 17-0 49ers win over the Chicago Bears. This single-game reception total surpassed the 50-year-old mark held by Tom Fears (which has since been surpassed by Brandon Marshall on December 13, 2009). Owens finished the year with 1,451 receiving yards and thirteen touchdowns.

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