- Zeke Bonura
Infobox MLB retired
name = Zeke Bonura
birthdate = birth date|1902|9|20
deathdate = death date and age|1987|3|9|1902|9|20
bats = Right
throws = Right
debutdate = April 17
debutyear = 1934
Chicago White Sox
finaldate = September 26
finalyear = 1940
stat1label = Hits
stat1value = 1099
stat2value = .307
stat3value = 119
Chicago White Sox(by|1934-by|1937)
*Washington Senators (by|1938, by|1940)
*New York Giants (by|1939)
Henry John (Zeke) Bonura (
September 20, 1908- March 9, 1987) was a first basemanin Major League Baseball. From by|1934 through by|1940, he played for the Chicago White Sox(1934-1937), Washington Senators (1938, 1940), New York Giants (1939) and Chicago Cubs(1940). Bonura batted and threw right-handed. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In a seven-season career, Bonura posted a .307
batting averagewith 119 home runs and 704 RBI in 917 games played.
Arguably, Zeke Bonura's most notable athletic accomplishment has nothing to do with the sport of baseball. In June of 1925, "at the age of sixteen", Bonura became the youngest male athlete ever to win an event at the
United States AAU Track and Field Championships. Bonura threw the javelinnearly 214-feet to claim the title; a meet record that stood until 1930.
*Hit .300 or more in four of his seven major league seasons, with a career-high .345 in 1937, fourth in the
American League, behind Charlie Gehringer(.371), Lou Gehrig(.351) and Joe DiMaggio(.346).
*Averaged 17 home runs per season, with a career-high 27 in his 1934
rookieseason, setting a White Sox team record. The record was tied by Joe Kuhelin 1940 and surpassed by Gus Zernialin 1950 with 29.
*Is a member of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
List of athletes on Wheaties boxes
* [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Bonura_Zeke.stm Baseball Library]
* [http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/USAOutdoorTF/men/mJT.asp USATF National Champions]
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