This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 5 - 11

Just a thought - is it just me, or is that Eric Byrnes guy a total pain in the butt?! Let's sign him up!

July 5
We Kick Butt, Dad: with a home run in a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on this date in 1989, Barry Bonds combined with his father Bobby to become the most prolific father-son home run duo with a combined 408 round trippers. Previously two other father-son duos (Gus and Buddy Bell; Yogi and Dale Berra) had held the record with 407 HRs.

July 6
Hey Al, Save Some of It for Later!: in his first major league start, Al Worthington shut out the Pirates 6-0 on this date in 1953. For an encore, he repeated the feat in a 6-0 victory over the Dodgers five days later, thereby tying a Major League record.

July 7
Was He Born with a Mullet?: Dan Gladden was born on this date in 1957.

July 8
Tour De Jim Ray: in a 13-0 waxing of the Braves in Atlanta on this date in 1970, third baseman Jim Ray Hart hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs. Hart doubled off Phil Niekro in the second, singled off Niekro to drive in Bobby Bonds in the third, hit a 3-run homer off Niekro in the fifth, hit a 3-run triple off Niekro's replacement Aubrey Gatewood still in the fifth (an 11-run inning for the Giants), and struck out in the seventh. His 6 RBIs in the fifth tied a Major League record.

July 9
That Time, It Didn't Count: in the infamous 2002 All-Star Game on this date that ended in a 7-7 tie in Milwaukee, Barry Bonds hit a home run, and was robbed of another by Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter.

July 10
Ah, to be 24 and on the DL: our current baby-faced blue-chip banged-up prospect Jesse Foppert was born on this date in 1980. Get well soon, Foppy!

July 11
Just Walk Away: in the first game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh on this date in 1936, Carl Hubbell walked in the winning run, and the Giants lost 5-4. Guess the Hall of Fame overlooked this game, no?

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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