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Maureen Dobbins, the chairperson for the county Hall of Fame . . . said she had held a low opinion of Bonds before the event, mostly because of his links to performance-enhancing drugs. "I'll be honest, when I heard he was going to be there, I thought, I don't want to be near him, but seeing how he was, his demeanor, he was a perfect gentleman."
As the son of Bobby Bonds and heir to his exceptional athletic gifts, Barry grew up with unusual privileges and expectations, plus uncommon wariness. As alcoholism rendered Bobby erratic, he was discarded by team after team, never afforded the protections that accrued to a similarly afflicted white star such as Mickey Mantle.
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