MLB history: The eclectic 300-300 club

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1967: Outfielder Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the New York Mets during an Major League Baseball game circa 1967 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Mays played for the Giants from 1951-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1967: Outfielder Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the New York Mets during an Major League Baseball game circa 1967 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Mays played for the Giants from 1951-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Barry Bonds

Unlike the others on this list, when Barry Bonds became a member of the 300-300 club, he did not slow down.

Not only was the fourth member of the 300-300 club, joining his godfather and father as he made the fraternity into a family affair. He continued making history as time went on, becoming the only member of the 400-400 and the 500-500 clubs. Of course, those accomplishments are tainted by PED allegations, but there is no question that Bonds was one of the greatest players of his era.

Although he is most remembered for being the all time and single season home run king, Bonds was a formidable threat on the basepaths in his younger days. He stole his 300th base on July 26, 1994, drawing a first inning walk from Orel Hershiser and promptly stealing second. He was 1-2 with a double and two walks in his four plate appearances in that game, a 12-5 Giants victory.

Bonds’ 300th homer came less than two years later on April 29, 1996. After Matt Williams walked to led off the top of the fifth inning, Bonds sent Ben Rivera’s 1-0 offering to deep right to reach that milestone, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Phillies would come back in the bottom of the frame to take the lead en route to an eventual 6-3 victory over San Francisco.

Barry Bonds has yet to reach the Hall of Fame due to those PED allegations, but he is creeping closer. His presence in the 300-300 club, as well as being the only member of the 400-400 and 500-500 clubs, may help him get there.