Bob Bonner

1982 Donruss

Bonner played in 61 games for the Baltimore Orioles between 1980-1983. In 108 at bats, he hit .194 with no home runs. He was called up for 10 games in 1981 instead of future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken. He responded by hitting .296 and scoring six runs, which would go down as his most productive stretch in the big leagues.

Bonner was a member of the Rochester Red Wings when they played a 33-inning game with the Pawtucket Red Sox on April 18, 1981. He had three hits in 12 at bats in the contest, which Pawtucket eventually won 3-2. It is the longest professional baseball game every played.

Bonner worked as a a missionary following his playing days. His experiences are chronicled in the book “From The Diamond To The Bush.” It is available here.

You can learn more about his missionary work here.

Bob Bonner – career stats

1983 Fleer

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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