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San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants

(San Francisco Giants)

 

 

April 4, 2017: Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in history to smash two home runs on Opening Day.

November 1, 2016: The Giants finished four games out in the NL West but their 87 wins were good enough to earn a spot in the Wild Card game against the Mets. Utility man Conor Gillaspie broke up a scoreless game in the 9th inning with a three-run homer against Jeurys Familiar to send San Francisco into the Division Series. That is where the season ended for San Francisco, as the Giants lost to Chicago in four exciting games.

August 8, 2016: Brandon Crawford collected 7 hits in an extra-inning game against the Marlins. It was the first 7-hit game in baseball since 1975.

October 14, 2015: The Giants played almost the entire season in second place, and San Francisco fans kept waiting for their big run into first. That never happened, despite fine years from Buster Posey, Matt Duffy, Brandon Crawford, and Madison Bumgarner. The team’s aging starting rotation will need improving in 2016.

June 9, 2015: Chris Heston no-hit the Mets in just the 13th start of his big-league career.

April 5, 2015: The Giants came together at just the right time to win a championship. Most experts doubt they can do it again. Don’t tell that to Buster Posey or Madison Bumgarner. They lead a club with experienced hitters and pitchers that knows how to win close games.

November 1, 2014: The Giants captured their third World Series championship in five seasons with a thrilling seven-game victory over the Kansas City Royals. After making the playoffs as a Wild Card with 88 wins, San Francisco defeated the Pirates, Nationals and Cardinals to win the pennant. In the World Series, Madison Bumgarner won Game 2 and Game 5, and then returned to the mound on two days rest to pitched the final five innings of Game 7 to preserve a 3–2 victory. He was named MVO of the series.

September 13, 2014: Madison Bumgarner broke the record for strikeouts by a San Francisco lefty. Ray Sadecki held the old record with 206 K's in 1968.

July 14, 2014: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey hit grand slams in a game against the Diamondbacks. It was the firs time in history that battery-mates each hit bases-loaded homers in the same game.

March 31, 2014: As always, the key to the Giants' season is pitching. Madison Baumgarner appears ready to join the game's elite pitchers, but Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson and Matt Cain could be losing steam. The team's bullpen is very deep, and the hitting is good with Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Pedro Sandoval in the middle of the lineup.

October 1, 2013: The Giants were expected to pitch well and struggle on offense in 2013. Just the opposite was true. They got solid years from Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval—but Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Ryan Vogelsong went a combined 22–30. As a result, San Francisco finished just two games out of the NL West cellar.

September 18, 2013: Matt Cain struck out his 150th batter of the year. He tied a team record shared by Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal with 8 years in a row of 150-plus strikeouts.

July 13, 2013: It took 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum pitched the first no-hitter of his career, against the Padres in their home ballpark. It was the first no-hitter ever pitched in San Diego's stadium.

March 30, 2013: Can the Giants win two championships in a row? They have the pitching and defense to do so. Do they have the hitting? Last year the experts said no—and look what happened! Once again, San Francisco will rely on the bats of Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, and Hunter Pence.

October 28, 2012: The Giants won their second championship in three seasons, but success didn¹t come easily. The team had to make do without its star reliever, Brian Wilson, and survived a terrible year from pitching ace Tim Lincecum. Buster Posey returned from a broken leg to have a super season, and the team won the NL West easily. The Giants battled back from the brink against the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, and went into the World Series red hot. Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in the opening game to tie a postseason record‹and San Francisco¹s pitching provided the edge in the nest three games‹as the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in four straight games.

July 1, 2012: Melky Cabrera was named MVP of the 2012 All-Star Game after his two-run homer broke open the game and led the NL to victory. The Giants were Cabrera's fourth team in four years; it was his first trip to the All-Star Game.

June 13, 2012: Matt Cain pitched a perfect game against the Astros. It was the first perfect game in team history and the 22nd in big-league history.

April, 2012: New York baseball fans will see some familiar faces in the Giants outfield in 2012. Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera and ex-Met Angel Pagan will be playing left and center for San Francisco. Aubrey Huff may see some time in the outfield, too. The Giants probably want to give Brandon Belt lots of starts at first base.

     
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Roger Connor looks like a big guy on this 1888 baseball card. (Old Judge)

 

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Amos Rusie was nicknamed the "Hoosier Thunderbolt." A Hoosier is someone from Indiana. (Author's Collection)

 

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I got to meet Monte Irvin in the 1990s when he worked for Major League Baseball. He is a very nice man. (Author's Collection)

 

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Sal "The Barber" Maglie looks like he could use a shave in this picture! (Author's Collection)

 

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I met Orlando Cepeda in New York in the 1980s. He was signing autographs at a card show with Gaylord Perry. (Author's Collection)

 

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A young Los Angeles Dodgers fan has asked Jack Clark to sign his glove. Uh-oh. I wonder what he wrote! (Black Book Partners)

 

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Jeff Kent is pictured here signing for fans at Shea Stadium. He had played for the New York Mets earlier in his career, so he probably recognized some of the fans. (Black Book Partners/John Klein)

 

Roger Connor — First Baseman
Born: 7/1/1857
Died: 1/4/1931
Played for Team: 1883 to 1889, 1891 & 1893 to 1894
Roger Connor was truly a giant. He stood 6–3 at a time when many people in America were a foot shorter. Connor was a powerful hitter, smooth fielder, and fast runner. He was baseball's all-time home run king until Babe Ruth broke his record.


Mickey Welch — Pitcher
Born: 7/4/1859
Died: 7/30/1941
Played for Team: 1883 to 1892
Mickey Welch was one of the first players to bring a variety of breaking pitches to the mound. He could make the ball bend left or right, and also fooled batters with a change-up. In 1884 and 1885, Welch won a total of 83 games.


Amos Rusie — Pitcher
Born: 5/30/1871
Died: 12/6/1942
Played for Team: 1890 to 1898
In the 1800s, pitchers saved their fastest pitches for emergency situations. For Amos Rusie, every pitch was an emergency—he threw hard all the time. As Rusie piled up strikeouts, he became one of baseball's biggest celebrities. He was the NL strikeouts champion five times in his first six seasons with the Giants, and in 1894 he led the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA.


Joe McGinnity — Pitcher
Born: 3/20/1871
Died: 11/14/1929
Played for Team: 1902 to 1908
Joe McGinnity was 31 when he joined the Giants—an age when many pitchers start slowing down. Instead, he led the NL in wins and saves three times. McGinnity confused hitters by throwing his curve sidearm and his fastball overhand.


Bobby Thomson— Outfielder/Third Baseman
Born: 10/25/1923
Died: 8/16/2010
Played for Team: 1946 to 1953 & 1957
Bobby Thomson is known mostly for his pennant-winning home run in 1951, but he was also one of baseball's top sluggers in the years after World War II. He was usually among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs, and he led the NL in triples in 1952.


Monte Irvin — Outfielder
Born: 2/25/1919
Played for team: 1949 to 1955
Monte Irvin was a star for the Newark Eagles in the Negro League before joining the Giants at age 30. He was one of the game's best clutch hitters. In 1951, he led the NL with 121 RBIs. That season he teamed up with Hank Thompson and Willie Mays to form baseball's first all-African-American outfield.


Sal Maglie — Pitcher
Born: 4/26/1917
Died: 12/28/1992
Played for Team: 1945 & 1950 to 1955
Sal Maglie was known as "The Barber" because he liked to give batters a "close shave" with his pitches. No one was meaner or tougher or better in a big game than Maglie. He led the Giants to two pennants in the 1950s.


Orlando Cepeda — First Baseman/Outfielder
Born: 9/17/1937
Played for Team: 1958 to 1966
Orlando Cepeda was the first Puerto Rican player to win a major baseball award when he was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1958. Three years later, he was runner-up for the league MVP with 46 homers, 146 RBIs, and a .311 average.


Jack Clark — Outfielder
Born: 11/10/1955
Played for Team: 1975 to 1984
The Giants' stadium in the 1970s and 1980s was not kind to hitters, but that mattered little to Jack Clark. Year in and year out, he pounded National League pitchers and finished among the leaders in home runs and RBIs.


Matt Williams — Third Baseman
Born: 11/28/1965
Played for Team: 1987 to 1996
Few players have ever combined great defense and power hitting as Matt Williams did with the Giants. He won three Gold Gloves, an RBI championship and a home run title. Williams blasted 43 homers in 112 games in 1994. He had a chance to break the single-season home run record, but a labor dispute ended the season early, robbing him of his shot to make history.


Jeff Kent — Second Baseman
Born: 3/7/1968
Played for Team: 1997 to 2002
The Giants took a gamble when they swapped Matt Williams to get Jeff Kent, but it turned out to be a brilliant trade. Kent drove in over 100 runs all six years he played for San Francisco. In 2000, he won the NL MVP when he batted .334 with 33 home runs, 114 runs, and 125 RBIs.


Matt Cain — Pitcher
Born: 10/1/1984
Played for Team: 2005 to 2017
Matt Cain was a two-time All-Star and World Series champion by his 27th birthday. In 2010, he did not allow an earned run in the playoffs or World Series.


Buster Posey — Catcher
Born: 3/27/1987
First Year with Team: 2009
Buster Posey became the Giants' starting catcher in May of 2010 and quickly became a team leader. He batted .300 in the World Series that fall and was named NL Rookie of the Year. A collision at home plate in 2011 kept him out of action for all but 45 games.

     
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Johnny Mize stretches for a throw at first base. He was one of the most feared hitters in baseball when he played. (Author's Collection)

 

 

 

REAL STEEL
Joe McGinnity had one of baseball's best nicknames: Iron Man. He got it because he worked in a foundry during his minor-league days, but soon it came to mean that he was an indestructible pitcher. In 1903, McGinnity pitched and won both games of a doubleheader three times in the same month!


THAT'S ODD
From 1932 to 1942, Mel Ott was the NL home run champion in every even year, except 1940. The only odd year he led the league in homers was 1937.


FENCE BUSTERS
The 1947 Giants might have been the most exciting fourth-place team in history. Every starting player except for one reached double-figures in home runs. First baseman Johnny Mize had 51, right fielder Willard Marshall had 36, catcher Walker Cooper had 35, and center fielder Bobby Thomson had 29. The Giants had 221 home runs in all that season.


EARNING IT
A lot of great pitchers have had good years for the Giants. But even more good pitchers have had great years for the team. No fewer than 22 different pitchers have led the National League in earned run average. Since the 1880s, the Giants have had an ERA champ in every decade but one, the 1970s.

     
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morgan

Mike Tiernan is from New Jersey, where I now live. I did some research on him and he was really interesting. He was a tiny guy who hit the ball a long way. (Author's Collection)

 

morgan

I bought this 1952 Willie Mays card for $20 in 1973, and my mother screamed at me. Hey Mom, guess what? If I sold this card now, I could buy a couple of iPads and still have plenty left over! (Topps, Inc.)

 

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George Kelly went by the nickname "Highpockets" because of how tall he was. This old wire photo shows him snagging a high throw at first base. (Author's Collection)

 

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Not many cards of George Burns are out there. This one was sold in a strip with other celebrities from sports, movies, and politics. Collectors call them strip cards. (Author's Collection)

 

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This Joe McGinnity card is from the Conlon Collection set. It's a great way to get cards of old-time players without spending too much money. (Megacards, Inc.)

 

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Besides this picture, I also have an empty burlap sack from Gaylord Perry's peanut farm. (Author's Collection)

 

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I have a feeling Tim Lincecum will be on a lot more magazine covers before he's done! (DM Luxury LLC)

 

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Billy Swift was a relief pitcher before the Giants traded for him. They turned him into a starter. Swift was really good at getting hitters to take big swings and hit little grounders. (Fleer Corp.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Runs
1883 — Buck Ewing — 10
1890 — Mike Tiernan — 13
1891 — Mike Tiernan — 16
1896 — Bill Joyce — 13*
1909 — Red Murray — 7
1916 — Dave Robertson — 12
1917 — Dave Robertson — 12
1921 — George Kelly — 23
1932 — Mel Ott — 38
1934 — Mel Ott — 35
1936 — Mel Ott — 33
1937 — Mel Ott — 31
1938 — Mel Ott — 36
1942 — Mel Ott — 30
1947 — Johnny Mize — 51
1955 — Willie Mays — 51
1961 — Orlando Cepeda — 46
1962 — Willie Mays — 49
1963 — Willie McCovey — 44
1964 — Willie Mays — 47
1965 — Willie Mays — 52
1968 — Willie McCovey — 36
1969 — Willie McCovey — 45
1989 — Kevin Mitchell — 47
1993 — Barry Bonds — 46
1994 — Matt Williams — 43**
2001 — Barry Bonds — 73

* Bill Joyce also played for the Washington Senators in 1896.
** The 1994 season was shortened by a labor dispute.


Batting Average
1885 — Roger Connor — .371
1890 — Jack Glasscock — .336
1915 — Larry Doyle — .320
1930 — Bill Terry — .401
1931 — Bill Terry — .349
1954 — Willie Mays — .345
2002 — Barry Bonds — .370
2004 — Barry Bonds — .362
2012 — Buster Posey — .336


Runs Batted In
1889 — Roger Connor — 130
1897 — George Davis — 136
1903 — Sam Mertes — 104
1904 — Bill Dahlen — 80
1916 — Heinie Zimmerman — 83*
1917 — Heinie Zimmerman — 102
1920 — George Kelly — 94
1923 — Irish Meusel — 125
1924 — George Kelly — 136
1934 — Mel Ott — 135
1942 — Johnny Mize — 110
1947 — Johnny Mize — 138
1951 — Monte Irvin — 121
1961 — Orlando Cepeda — 142
1968 — Willie McCovey — 105
1969 — Willie McCovey — 126
1988 — Will Clark — 109
1989 — Kevin Mitchell — 125
1993 — Barry Bonds — 123

* Heinie Zimmerman also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1916.


Stolen Bases
1887 — John Ward — 111
1900 — George Van Haltren — 45
1905 — Art Devlin — 59
1914 — George Burns — 62
1919 — George Burns — 40
1921 — Frankie Frisch — 49
1956 — Willie Mays — 40
1957 — Willie Mays — 38
1958 — Willie Mays — 31
1959 — Willie Mays — 27


Wins
1886 — Tim Keefe — 42
1888 — Tim Keefe — 35
1894 — Amos Rusie — 36
1903 — Joe McGinnity — 31
1904 — Joe McGinnity — 35
1905 — Christy Mathewson — 31
1906 — Joe McGinnity — 27
1907 — Christy Mathewson — 24
1908 — Christy Mathewson — 37
1910 — Christy Mathewson — 27
1912 — Rube Marquard — 26
1919 — Jesse Barnes — 25
1928 — Larry Benton — 25
1933 — Carl Hubbell — 23
1936 — Carl Hubbell — 26
1937 — Carl Hubbell — 22
1951 — Sal Maglie & Larry Jansen — 23
1959 — Sam Jones — 21
1963 — Juan Marichal — 25
1967 — Mike McCormick — 22
1968 — Juan Marichal — 26
1970 — Gaylord Perry — 23
1973 — Ron Bryant — 24
1993 — Jack Burkett — 22


Strikeouts
1888 — Tim Keefe — 335
1890 — Amos Rusie — 341
1891 — Amos Rusie — 337
1893 — Amos Rusie — 208
1894 — Amos Rusie — 195
1895 — Amos Rusie — 201
1898 — Cy Seymour — 239
1903 — Christy Mathewson — 267
1904 — Christy Mathewson — 212
1905 — Christy Mathewson — 206
1907 — Christy Mathewson — 178
1908 — Christy Mathewson — 259
1911 — Rube Marquard — 237
1937 — Carl Hubbell — 159
1944 — Bill Voiselle — 161
2008 — Tim Lincecum — 265
2009 — Tim Lincecum — 261
2010 — Tim Lincecum — 231


Earned Run Average
1885 — Tim Keefe — 1.58
1888 — Tim Keefe — 1.74
1891 — John Ewing — 2.27
1894 — Amos Rusie — 2.78
1897 — Amos Rusie — 2.54
1904 — Joe McGinnity — 1.61
1905 — Christy Mathewson — 1.28
1908 — Christy Mathewson — 1.43
1909 — Christy Mathewson — 1.14
1911 — Christy Mathewson — 1.99
1912 — Jeff Tesreau — 1.96
1913 — Christy Mathewson — 2.06
1917 — Fred Anderson — 1.44
1922 — Phil Douglas — 2.63
1929 — Bill Walker — 3.09
1931 — Bill Walker — 2.26
1933 — Carl Hubbell — 1.66
1934 — Carl Hubbell — 2.30
1936 — Carl Hubbell — 2.31
1949 — Dave Koslo — 2.50
1950 — Sal Maglie — 2.71
1952 — Hoyt Wilhelm — 2.43
1954 — Johnny Antonelli — 2.30
1958 — Stu Miller — 2.47
1959 — Sam Jones — 2.83
1960 — Mike McCormick — 2.70
1969 — Juan Marichal — 2.10
1983 — Atlee Hammaker — 2.25
1987 — Rick Resuchel — 2.75*
1989 — Scott Garrelts — 2.28
1992 — Billy Swift — 2.08
2003 — Jason Schmidt — 2.34

* Rick Reuschel also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1987.

     
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I traded a shoe box full of beat-up cards for this program when I was 13. (Author's Collection)
 
YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1905 Philadelphia A's Won 4–1
1911 Philadelphia A's Lost 4–2
1912 Boston Red Sox Lost 4–3
1913 Philadelphia A's Lost 4–1
1921 New York Yankees Won 5–3*
1922 New York Yankees Won 4–0
1923 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1924 Washington Senators Lost 4–3
1933 Washington Senators Won 4–1
1936 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1937 New York Yankees Lost 4–1
1951 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
1954 Cleveland Indians Won 4–0
1963 New York Yankees Lost 4–3
1989 Oakland A's Lost 4–0
2002 Anaheim Angels Lost 4–3
2010 Texas Rangers Won 4–1
2014 Kansas City Royals Won 4–3
     
* The 1921 World Series was a best-of-9 format.
     
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