End of the New York Era: On this date in 1957, San Franciscans could begin counting down the days to having their own Major League franchise, as the National League approved the proposed relocations of both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers to the West Coast.
Trading Away a Future MVP: Seemingly loaded in the outfield with a veteran Willie Mays, emerging talent Bobby Bonds, and Ken Henderson, the San Francisco Giants traded away a young George Foster to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for shortstop Frank Duffy and pitcher Vern Geishert on this date in 1971. And while the Giants would later develop other young talented outfielders including Garry Maddox and Gary Matthews, none would match Foster, who would go on to raise a couple of World Series trophies for the Reds later in the decade.
Mays at Bat: In addition to hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in a 5-4 Giants victory against the Montreal Expos on this date in 1971 at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays became the National League’s all-time leader in at-bats with 1,950, passing St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial.
Let’s Play Two for Ten and a Half Hours: On this date in 1964 at Shea Stadium, the Giants and the New York Mets squared off in a doubleheader for the ages. Juan Marichal and the Giants won the first game conventionally 5-3, but it took ten innings of relief pitching from Gaylord Perry for the Giants to emerge with an 8-6 victory in the second, a 23-inning affair.
Make It 21 for Robby at Joe Robbie: Robby Thompson extended his consecutive hits streak to 21 games in a 7-3 Giants loss to the Florida Marlins on this date back in 1993. Thompson would go hitless in his next game, but his 21-game streak is the third longest in Giants history, behind Jack Clark (26) and Willie McCovey (24). Randy Winn almost joined Thompson last week, hitting safely in 20-consecutive games.
Draft Day 1999: In a hit-and-miss draft for many ballclubs – Josh Hamilton to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays first overall, and Albert Pujols to the Cardinals with the 402nd overall pick, for example – the Giants selected Louisiana State University pitcher Kurt Ainsworth with the 24th overall pick on this date in 1999. Ainsworth did not pan out as expected, but the A’s ninth overall pick that year, Barry Zito, certainly did.
Draft Day 1997: With the fourth overall pick, the Giants selected Seton Hall pitcher Jason Grilli on this date in 1997. Grilli never had a chance to pitch in San Francisco, as he was traded to Florida along with Nate Bump in the Livan Hernandez trade of 1999.
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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