From Rags to Oakland: Current San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti signed one of his last Major League contracts on this date in 1993, joining the Oakland Athletics on this date in 1993. Since it’s the holidays, I won’t get into his ghastly 1994 numbers here.
All for the Price of a Lexus: Back in 1939, $40,000 was a truckload of money (still is in most circles). The New York Giants shelled out this amount to the Newark Bears for highly touted infielder Mickey Witek, the 1939 MVP of the International League. Witek ended up playing seven inconsistent seasons in orange and black.
I hope he was D’Acquitted: Former Giants pitcher John D’Acquisto got himself into quite a bit of trouble after his playing days, and no, not for the usual reasons. He was arrested on this date in 1995 for violating federal security laws as an investment advisor.
Can You Imagine if This Guy Was Born on Christmas?: Former Major League catcher Ken Rudolph was born on this date back in 1946, in Rockford IL. The former second round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs actually had two stints in San Francisco, a full season in 1974 and eleven games in 1977.
Neither Lord of, nor a Horror Show: Jimmy Ring was acquired via trade by the New York Giants on this date in 1925. Ring spent only one season in orange and black, compiling a ho-hum 11-10 record with a 4.57 ERA for the Giants in 1926.
Return of the Kelly: Michael Joseph Kelly, better known in baseball Hall of Fame circles as King Kelly, was born on this date way back in 1957, in Troy NY. The King played every position except pitcher during a 16-year career, and he spent his final season as a New York Giant in 1893.
Happy 2006! 52 years and counting since the last Giants World Series title!
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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