Way Before Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo: On this date in 1928, the New York Giants signed Chinese-Hawaiian infielder William “Buck” Lai to a contract. A career minor leaguer up to that point, Lai ended up on the Giants roster for a month, but never saw any playing time.
Stretching Father Time: One of the greatest San Francisco Giants of all time, Willie McCovey turns 68 today. Here’s to many more, Stretch!
Known in Baseball Annals for Being Traded for Skip Pitlock: Former Giant Glenn Redmon was born on this date back in 1948, in Detroit MI. Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1969, Redmon spent his only season in the bigs with the Giants in 1974, batting .235 in 17 at bats.
A Dandy Hall of Famer: Juan Marichal was elected to the Hall of Fame on this date back in 1983. The Dominican Dandy went into the Hall later that year with legendary Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson.
How Do You Prepare to Replace Will Clark?: Well, you don’t/can’t. But the Giants tried on this date, signing infielders Todd Benzinger and Mark Carreon on this date in 1993. Clark would leave as a free agent at the end of the season, and the first base carousel would continue until the era of now-Boston Red Sox J.T. Snow began in 1997.
From One Orange and Black to Another: Hall of Famer Frank Robinson became the 34th manager of the Giants franchise on this date in 1981. Robinson’s Giants never finished higher than third, and he was replaced by Danny Ozark in the middle of the 1984 season.
A-Rod 40 Years Ago, With More Class: Willie Mays was the highest paid baseball player in 1964 after signing a contract for $105,000 on this date. I think backup kickers in the NFL make that much these days.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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