Bobby Bonilla devoted himself to baseball to keep away from everyday criminal activities while growing up in one of the nation’s toughest neighborhoods in the South Bronx. He was drafted to Pittsburgh’s farm league in 1981 and was called up to the majors in 1986. During his five seasons with the Pirates, Bonilla was voted to the All-Star team four times, became the seventh player in history to smash an upper-deck home run at Three Rivers Stadium and led the Pirates to two National League East Championships. In 1992, he was traded to the New York Mets where he signed a $29 million contract, making him the highest paid player at the time. Moving on to play with the Florida Marlins, L.A Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, Bonilla spends his time off the diamond helping inner-city kids.
About The Author
Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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