This Week in Giants Baseball History


Posted Apr 30, 2007


Some momentous home runs below by the usual cast of characters -- Bondsy, Mays, McCovey -- an inauspicious Dodgers debut, and the textbook way to kill an inning. All in a weeks work from Giants memories gone by.

April 29

No. 1000 for Father and Son: Barry Bonds hit career home run No. 668 on this date in 2004 in a 4-3 San Francisco Giants loss to the Florida Marlins at SBC Park, and in doing so, he combined with his father Bobby Bonds to amass 1,000 total career home runs for the family.

April 30

Mays Goes Deep 4 Times: In a 14-4 Giants romp of the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium on this date in 1961, Willie Mays had quite a day by going 4-for-5, with all four hits leaving the ballpark. Mays’ four-homer mark in a game has been untouched by any Giant, and his eight RBI in the game has been matched only once by Willie McCovey.

May 1

Splash Hit No. 1: In a 10-3 Giants victory over the New York Mets on this date back in 2000, Barry Bonds became the first player to hit a ball into McCovey Cove during the regular season. Bonds’ deep fly, his sixth home run of the season, came off of former Giant Rich Rodriguez in the sixth inning.

May 2

Nope, Nomo: In Hideo Nomo’s major league debut, the Giants won 4-3, in a 13-inning thriller against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Candlestick Park on this date in 1995. Nomo was dominant; however, he was pulled in the sixth inning after allowing just one hit striking out seven. The game remained scoreless until the final inning, in which the Dodgers scored three runs and sent many fans home. But to the joy of the few remaining faithful (including seagulls, a few college drunkards, and your truly), Robby Thompson, Matt  Williams, and the Giants rallied for four in the bottom frame to eke out a late afternoon victory.

May 3

Final Stretch: Willie McCovey hit his final home run, and he did it across the border during a 3-2 Giants victory at Olympic Stadium against the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals for you young kids) on this date in 1980. Stretch’s 521st tied him with Ted Williams on the all-time record books -- both now currently sit at 15th all-time.

May 4

Mays Tops the NL: In a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers at Candlestick on this date in 1966, Willie Mays became the top home run hitter in National League history by hitting his 512th home run, one more than Giants Hall of Famer Mel Ott. This record has since been surpassed by two players, one of which of course is Barry Bonds.

May 5

Seven Runs for the Team, Three Outs for D-Lew?: In an 11-2 pasting of the Philadelphia Phillies on this date in 1993 at Candlestick Park, the Giants put the game away by scoring seven times in the bottom of the fifth inning. Unfortunately for leadoff hitter Darren Lewis, he was responsible for all three outs in the half-inning, as he led off with a pop up and ended the inning by hitting a double-play grounder. Ouch.



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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