A timeline in the career of Barry Bonds
A timeline of the key dates in the career of Barry Bonds, and the investigation into federal charges he lied when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs:
June 3, 1985 — Barry Bonds, son of major league All-Star Bobby Bonds, is selected by Pittsburgh with the fifth pick in the first round of amateur draft.
May 30, 1986 — Bonds makes major league debut at Los Angeles, popping out to shortstop against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser in his first at-bat.
June 4, 1986 — Bonds hits first major league home run, at Atlanta, off Craig McMurtry.
Nov. 19, 1990 — Bonds wins the first of what became a major league record seven Most Valuable Player awards.
Dec. 8, 1992 — Having become a free agent, Bonds agrees to $43.75 million, six-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.
Oct. 5, 2001 — Bonds breaks Mark McGwire’s season record with his 71st home run off the Dodgers’ Chan Ho Park. The 37-year-old Bonds, who has never hit 50 homers in a season before, goes on to hit 73.
Dec. 4, 2003 — Bonds testifies before a federal grand jury in San Francisco investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO).
Feb. 12, 2004 — Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, among several BALCO-related figures charged in a 42-count federal indictment of running a steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes.
Dec. 3, 2004 — The San Francisco Chronicle reports Bonds testified to the grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by Anderson, but said he didn’t know they were steroids.
Oct. 18, 2005 — BALCO founder Victor Conte is sentenced to four months in prison and four months’ home confinement. Anderson receives three months in prison and three months in home confinement, and BALCO vice president James Valente gets probation.
Aug. 7, 2007 — Bonds hits 756th homer, at San Francisco off Washington’s Mike Bacsik, breaking Hank Aaron’s career record.
Sept. 5, 2007 — Bonds hits 762nd and final homer, at Denver off the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez.
Sept. 26, 2007 — Bonds plays final major league game, flying out against San Diego’s Jake Peavy in his final at-bat.
Nov. 15, 2007 — Bonds is indicted on five felony counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he testified he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.
Dec. 7, 2007 — Bonds pleads not guilty.
May 13, 2008 — Bonds is charged in superseding indictment with 15 felony counts alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using PEDs and that he hampered the federal government’s doping investigation.
Nov. 24, 2008 — Three charges against Bonds are dismissed by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.
Dec. 4, 2008 — Bonds is charged in second superseding indictment with 10 counts of making false statements plus an additional obstruction of justice charge.
Feb. 27, 2009 — Bonds’ trial is delayed after federal prosecutors notify Illston they will appeal her decision to exclude evidence, including three urine tests.
June 11, 2010 — A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Illston in a 2-1 decision, with Mary M. Schroeder and Stephen Reinhardt voting to uphold and Carlos T. Bea dissenting.
Feb. 10, 2011 — Bonds is charged in third superseding indictment with four counts of making false statements plus an additional obstruction of justice charge. Each count carries sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Federal sentencing guidelines indicate recommended sentence of 15-to-21 months if convicted on any of the counts.
March 21, 2011 — A jury of eight women and four men is seated.
March 22, 2011 — Anderson is jailed on contempt citation for refusing to testify.
March 31, 2011 — Former Bonds personal shopper Kathy Hoskins becomes the only person to give eyewitness testimony that Anderson injected Bonds.
April 6, 2011 — Illston agrees to prosecution motion to dismiss one of the counts accusing Bonds of making a false statement. Four counts remain: three charges of making false statements and the obstruction of justice charge.
April 13, 2011 — The jury finds Bonds guilty of one count of obstruction of justice. The jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone.
Aug. 26, 2011 — Illston denies Bonds’ motion for a new trial or acquittal.
Aug. 31, 2011 — Prosecutors drop remaining charges against Bonds.
Dec. 16, 2011 — Bonds is sentenced by Illston to 30 days of home confinement, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities and a $4,000 fine.
Jan. 9, 2013 — Bonds receives 36.2 percent, well short of 75 percent needed, on his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot.
Sept. 13, 2013 — Bonds’ conviction upheld in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit: Mary Schroeder, Michael Daly Hawkins and Mary Murguia. Bonds instructs his lawyers to ask that he be allowed to immediately begin serving his sentence.
Jan. 8, 2014 — Bonds receives 34.7 percent in second appearance on Hall of Fame ballot.
Jan. 6, 2015 — Bonds receives 36.8 percent in third appearance on Hall of Fame ballot.
April 22, 2015 — Bonds’ conviction reversed in a 10-1 decision by a limited en banc panel of the 9th Circuit. Voting to reverse were Alex Kozinski, Consuelo M. Callahan, William A. Fletcher, Michelle T. Friedland, Susan P. Graber, Jacqueline H. Nguyen, Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, Reinhardt, N. Randy Smith and Kim McLane Wardlaw. Dissenting was Johnnie B. Rawlinson.