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Maroon Madness: No. 1 Barry Bonds vs. No. 8 Dan Severn

Home run king matches up against “The Beast”

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The Matchup: Perhaps the greatest home run hitter of all time against one of the key figures in fighting and a UFC Champion.

No. 1 Barry Bonds

Basic Info: Born: July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. High School: Junípero Serra High School (San Mateo, California). Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. ASU career: 1983-1985. MLB Career: 1986-2007.

Notables: Baseball’s home run king played 22 season in MLB but his use of steroids has led many to question his records and kept him out of the Hall of Fame. Regardless, Bonds is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history and won seven MVP Award with the Pirates and Giants. In three season at ASU, Bonds helped lead ASU to two College World Series appearances and hit 45 home runs.

What you don’t know: In 1984, then-ASU coach Jim Brock let the team vote on if Bonds should get to stay or the team or be kicked off of it after numerous incidents, according Jeff Pearlman’s book. All but two players on the team voted to kick Bonds off, but Brock kept Bonds on the team.

Bonds’ Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
ASU Career
.347 batting average
45 home runs
247 hits
175 RBI
Member of the All-College World Series Team in 1983 and 1984
Named to the All-Time College World Series Team in 1996
MLB Career
MLB-record 762 home runs
MLB single-season record 73 home runs in 2001
7-time MVP
14-time all-star
Career .298 batting average
12-time Silver Slugger Award winner

No. 8 Dan Severn

Basic Info: Born: June 8, 1958 in Coldwater, Michigan. Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 253 pounds. ASU career: 1977-1981. MMA Career: 1994-present.

Notables: Severn is a Renaissance man of fighting, wrestling at ASU, competing in MMA events, staring in the early UFC, a professional wrestler in the WWF and acting in numerous fighting movies. As a freestyle wrestler early on, Severn was an alternate on the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams. He then became one of the early stars of the UFC, winning UFC and later became a professional wrestler in different places. At the age of 60, Severn is still on the independent circuit.

What you don’t know: Severn has acted in various movies and TV shows, even making a short appearance as a football player in the 1993 film Rudy. His nickname, “The Beast” was given to him by NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

The Beast’s Resume

Career stats
Career stats
ASU Career
Three-time All-American
127-11-1 all-time record
MMA Career
101-19-7 all-time record
Won UFC 5
UFC Hall of Famer
UFC Superfight Champion
17 KO/TKO