Willie Mac Is #1: hitting his 513th career home run in a 8-6 loss to the Cubs on this date in 1979, Willie McCovey became the all-time leader in career home runs by a lefthander in the National League. A certain 14 year-old kid that Willie knew at the time would later break this record, and then some.
Dominican Dandy: in its third year of existence, Juan Marichal was the first player to throw a no-hitter at Candlestick Park when he shut out Houston 1-0 on this date in 1963.
First Signs of the Bombko: former Reds rookie and current Giants DL resident Brett Tomko pitched 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball as the Reds defeated the Indians 4-1 on this date in 1997, their first ever meeting during the regular season.
Are You On Drugs, Bugs?!: before being summoned to protect a 3-2 Giants lead over the Pirates in the ninth inning on this date in 1910, Giants reliever Bugs Raymond was supposed to be warming up in the bullpen. Trouble was, Raymond instead had visited a saloon and traded away a baseball for two shots of whisky. Bugs proceeded to give up two hits, hit two batters, and throw a wild pitch in what turned out to be a 6-3 win for the Pirates. John McGraw suspended Raymond indefinitely.
Probably Not So Grande Back Then: Venezuela's favorite Big Cat, Andres Galarraga, was born on this date way back in 1961.
Big Smooth: way before dramatically calling playoff games for the Giants, before playing 261 games for San Francisco, and even before being drafted 21st overall by the Cleveland Indians in 1972, current Giants play-by-play announcer Duane Kuiper was born on this date in 1950 in Racine, WI. As Krukow would say, congratulations, big boy!
Lord of the K: Gaylord Perry tied his own club record by striking out 14 batters in pitching a complete game in San Diego on this date in 1970. Atlee Hammaker and John Montefusco would each later tie this mark, and current Giant Jason Schmidt has been one strikeout away from joining them on four separate occasions, most recently with his masterful 1-hit, 13K performance at Wrigley earlier this season.
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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