This Week in Giants Baseball History


Posted Mar 19, 2007


With the regular season right around the corner, let’s look at some last-minute spring training trades, some spring birthdays, and the usual ephemera.

March 19
Scurried in Seattle: After seeing zero playing time with the San Francisco Giants since being acquired the previous season, Rod Scurry was traded by the team to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later on this date in 1988.  That player named later?  None other than outfielder Donell Nixon.

March 20
The Rematch Remains the Same: An unusual spring training game took place at Wrigley Field on this date in 1955, as the New York Giants and Cleveland Indians met for the first time since the Giants swept the Indians in the 1954 World Series.  The orange and black again triumphed, this time by a score of 7-3 in front of 24,434.

March 21
Hargesheimer Funded: The Giants signed 23-year old amateur free agent pitcher Alan Hargesheimer to a contract on this date in 1978.  Hargey lasted two seasons in orange in black before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for San Mateo native Herman Segelke in 1982.

March 22
Big Bat, Light Voice: Former Giants outfielder Glenallen Hill was born on this date back in 1965, in nearby Santa Cruz, CA.  The heavy bat-wielding, muscle-bound yet soft-spoken outfielder was known for his mammoth home runs and untimely strikeouts, and had a good Giants career during 1995-97.

March 23
A Pricey Toothpick: It took parting with both outfielder/first baseman Bill White and third baseman Ray Jablonski, but the San Francisco Giants were willing to pay the price to get St. Louis pitcher “Toothpick” Sam Jones on this date in 1959.  Jones went on to be the NL Pitcher of the Year with the Giants that year, winning 21 games with a 2.83 ERA; however, arm trouble caught up to him by 1961.  White went on to become a multiple All-Star and Gold Glover with the Cards, but the Giants would do just fine without him – they had an embarrassment of riches at first base with a couple of guys named Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey.

March 24
Nobody Messes With the Jesus: Happy birthday to former Giants outfielder Jesus Alou, born on this date in 1942, in Haina, Dominican Republic.  Looks like Jesus will have plenty of time to go fishing with older brother and former Giants skipper Felipe this season.

March 25
When Doves Die: In probably one of the most bizarre humane society moments in baseball, then-Arizona pitcher Randy Johnson killed a dove when the bird came between his fastball and home plate in a spring training game against the Giants on this date back in 2001.  Jeff Kent, who was at the plate when the incident occurred, dealt with the remains.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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