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Barry Bonds, Former Players React to Giants' Peter Magowan's Passing

Peter Magowan didn't wait long to make an impact after his ownership group purchased the Giants in 1992. 

Before the purchase was complete, the Giants signed Bay Area native Barry Bonds to a record-breaking six-year contract. Bonds, whose father was former Giant Bobby Bonds, was widely considered one of the best players in baseball and his signing brought instant credibility to the new ownership group.

Magowan passed away on Sunday, and Bonds paid tribute to the man who helped bring the eventual home-run king to San Francisco.

Bonds' godfather, Giants legend Willie Mays, was Magowan's favorite player growing up in New York. The two became close when Magowan took the reigns of his childhood team, and Mays said in a statement that he lost "a great, great friend."

"Peter Magowan has been a part of my life for a long, long time, first as a fan watching me play in New York, and then, remaining a fan when we moved to San Francisco," Mays said. "Along the way, he became my friend. Peter would call me often to check in. He and Debby cared about me, and it was so easy to care about them in return. It's hard to find the right words just now, but in losing Peter, I've lost a great, great friend. He was like my godfather. No one can replace him."

A host of other current and former Giants also shared their respects.

Lynn Crawford, mother of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, said in an Instagram post that Magowan keeping the Giants in San Francisco helped make her "son's dream a reality."

The Giants are set to honor Magowan in their Wall of Fame on Feb. 9.

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