This Week in Giants Baseball, June 28 - July 1

Some highlights and some embarrassments this week. But such is life, no?

June 28
The Alameda Kid: The Giants' 2nd overall pick in 1970 (and current A's bench coach) Chris Speier was born in Alameda on this date in 1950, and turns 54 today.

June 29
Say Hey Hey Hey: Willie Mays hit three home runs in a 8-7 victory at Philadelphia on this date in 1961. By doing so, he became the fourth player in MLB history to have multiple three-homer games in the same season.

June 30
Let the Ripping Begin: With two hits in a 10-9 loss at Atlanta on this date in 1978, Jack Clark began what would turn out to be the longest consecutive game hitting streak in franchise history, reaching base via a hit for 26 straight games.

July 1
The Hidden Ball in the Gutter Trick: In a game at Wrigley Field on this date in 1958, Cubs second baseman (and former Giants farmhand) Tony Taylor hit a fair ball that ended up in a rain gutter. Giants outfielder Leon Wagner's pursuit of the ball was delayed quite a bit by a bit of trickery, as members of the Cubs bullpen fooled him into thinking it was under the bench by staring in that direction. Taylor made it all the way home on the hit, and the Cubs laughed their way to a 9-5 victory.

July 2
Baseball, Not Dodgeball: As a San Diego Padre, former Giant Benito Santiago probably didn't make too many friends on this date in 1991. After making an out in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers, Santiago threw his helmet in frustration, and hit both pitching coach Mike Roarke and coach Greg Riddoch in the dugout, giving the latter man a concussion. Santiago was fined $300.

July 3
One for the Ages (and Aged): a classic was played in San Francisco on this date in 1963, as Juan Marichal matched zeroes with 42-year old Warren Spahn for 15 innings. Willie Mays' homer in the bottom of the 16th off Spahn gave the Giants a 1-0 victory.

July 4
Rags Wipes Out the Sox: 25-year old Yankee (and current Giants pitching coach) Dave Righetti no-hit the Red Sox on this date in 1983 at Yankee Stadium. Get well soon, Rags!

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 to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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